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Chengchi University mulls development of university town

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

National Chengchi University (NCCU) is mulling the development of the nearby neighborhood into a college town, including an MRT station in front of the university's main entrance extending from the Taipei Zoo Station, school president Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) said yesterday.

Given the university's “knowledge capital” and the number of humanities experts, it would be a good idea to develop a “new town” and promote urban renewal in the university's vicinity, Wu said in a press release.

Wu said such a redevelopment project would reshape the old community surrounding the school, adding that the university could then serve as a national and regional research center.

“Universities should be able to inspire the public. They should lead society in innovation and get the entire community, city and society going,” he said.

Citing the urban regeneration project of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as an example, Wu said the QUT had become a college town with “creativity and prospects” by incorporating a neighboring military camp into the school's renewal plan.

He said NCCU hoped to give back to its neighborhood with the school's knowledge base by turning itself and the nearby community into a college town.

The plan might also include an MRT station in front of the university's main gate as part of the Taipei City Government's plans for a circular MRT route in the southern part of the city.

Taipei City's Department of Rapid Transit will hold talks on its construction plan at the school on Tuesday next week, NCCU said.

Meanwhile, Jason Chan (詹志禹), dean of NCCU's College of Education, suggested establishing more facilities to increase public access to nature near the university campus and Maokong (貓空) area.

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