Yilan Community Development 3.0
Apply what you learn in school to community development
Together with colleges and universities in Yilan, this program matched communities with mature development capacities with students from appropriate departments or in general education courses to learn and serve on-site within the community. Leveraging students’ expertise within their fields, they can provide the assistance needed, while gaining practical experience and helping to build ties between the schools and the local community.
Fo Guang University
In 2018, as part of the “From a Community Calendar to Cultural Revitalization Project”, a total of 42 students from the Department of Cultural Heritage and Innovation and Department of Applied Economics participated in nine community development action plans. The students helped communities collect historical materials, take photos of the community, and film, record, and organize oral histories of elder residents. In addition, students participated in family meetings and educational courses. Utilizing the materials collected, the students then produced a variety of works including handbooks and brochures, heritage guide maps, and documentaries featuring their community. As short-term residents, the students interacted and cooperated with local community groups. They became part of the community and participated in community development.
Lan Yang Institute of Technology
In recent years, surfing has attracted many visitors to Wai’ao. The Wai’ao Community Center is a centrally-located building within the community. Architecture and interior design professors and students from Lan Yang Institute of Technology used this to their advantage, and invited members of the community to participate in the Center’s transformation. Surf shop owners generously donated old boards, which were painted by students after the designs were discussed and approved by the participants. Designs include Guishan Island, marine animals, Lanyang Museum, and indigenous totems. The eye-catching surfboards now decorating the exterior of the Wai’ao Community Center have created a new community landmark.