Conference Venue

Asia University

The ATLAS T3 International Conference will be held at Asia University (AU) during June 8-13 of 2014. Founded at the beginning of the 21st century, AU is a newly established and well regarded private university located in Taichung City, Taiwan. It is recognized in Taiwan for its renowned research and teaching excellence in health care, computer science, management, social sciences, and creative design. Due to carefully planned development, incessant progress, and innovative breakthroughs, the young university has become well-recognized in numerous aspects in Taiwan and the other parts of the world. AU is ranked top 2 in Taiwan in terms of the number of gold medals and awards in prestigious international competitions, like Red Dot and iF. AU has  been recently ranked 53 in the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Rank 2014 by Thomson Reuters.


About Taichung City

Taichung, in a key central Taiwan location, plays an essential role in both Taiwan's economic development and transportation systems. It is the hub for the five cities and counties in the central Taiwan region. Following the merger of Taichung city and county on December 25, 2010, Greater Taichung became third-largest among Taiwan's five special municipalities with a population of 2,646,500 people. Its land area is three times the size of Singapore and twice that of Hong Kong. Surrounded by the mountains and sea, it possesses the precious asset of rich cultures of numerous townships and districts. Thus, Taichung city has established an inclusive land, sea and air transportation network that is seamlessly connected to different parts of the city.

The annual average temperature in Taichung is 23 C, with a pleasantly mild year-round climate. Protected by the Central Mountain Range, it is rarely threatened by typhoons and is known as a city of sunshine, radiating warmth and energy. The city is made up of 29 administrative districts, each boasting unique distinctive cultural and natural landscapes. Therefore, a mixture of cultures slowly developed there during the Ming and Qing dynasties and Japanese colonial period. Over the centuries, people from different backgrounds migrated to Taichung and settled down, and the city has become the cosmopolis, contributing to a great society of diverse cultures. You may see plenty of characteristic cultural groups, such as Fukien, Hakka and aboriginal in Taichung. With embracing the grand vision of a "Cultured, Economic, International City", Taichung city has held a great number of international and local cultural events.

Among the economic pillars, Taichung's first-tier industry is agriculture. Driven by free trade and globalization, this industry has shifted to specific types of farming and recreational farming to raise its competitiveness. As Taichung's second-tier industry, industrial development and technology go hand-in-hand. Precision machinery and tool factories are an industrial core for central Taiwan and have inevitably created industry clusters and advances in the development of metal contract manufacturing, electronic parts and related manufacturing. Commercial and Service Industries build the role of the third-tier. Driven by creativity and innovation, these industries have developed their own distinctive characteristics and styles. To ensure sustainable development, environmental conservation is essential. Thus, the Taichung city government has set up a "Low Carbon City Promotion Team" to develop Taichung into a green garden city. More parkways, parks, squares, children's parks, and greenery along waterways and roads have been implemented. The city has also appealed to the private sector for the construction of green buildings and green hedges/walls to further beautify the city.

More information can be obtained from the web site of Taichung City Government.







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