National Taiwan University (NTU) is the top university in Taiwan, either based on overall ranking or pretty much every subject. There are seven Divisions in the Department of Civil Engineering, one of which is Transport. The overall size of the Department of Civil Engineering is similar to ITS – there are 54 faculties in total. The size of annual research funding is similar to ITS too. Prof Tang-Hsien Chang taught me when I was an undergraduate student. I have known a few other colleagues here; so it was a very pleasant visit. I talked to a class of 25 Masters students too.
I spotted something new in Taipei this time. There are lots of rental bikes around, which seem to be well utilised. This is a joint venture by the Taipei MRT Ltd and the giant bicycle manufacturer, Giant Ltd. I heard that lots of people have been encouraged to use the MRT and cycling between places. The first 30 min is free.