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NCKU sets up Dutch Design Post to promote international collaboration

Tainan, Taiwan, May 5, 2014

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, set up a Dutch-based trading house called the Dutch Design Post (DDP) at 321 Artist Village (321巷藝術聚落), Tainan, recently to facilitate designers from the Netherlands to do business with Taiwan sectors together.

NCKU Executive Vice President Dr. Huey-Jen Jenny Su on behalf of NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung attended the opening ceremony on May 3.

She said, “We’re happy to have Professor Bart van Bueren with us, cooperating with Tainan City Government and the Netherlands to bring together the resources and talents.”

The DDP is initiated by the Culture and Creativity Incubation and R&D Center (CCIRDC) from the College of Planning and Design at NCKU and Professor Bart van Bueren from the Netherlands.

Hans Fortuin, the Representative and Director of the Netherlands Trade & Investment Office (NTIO) Taiwan also attended the ceremony and mentioned that the DDP can be referred to the history of Tainan when there was a Dutch trading post 352 years ago.

Now Tainan welcomes back especially Dutch designers, to do business together, according to Fortuin, and the idea for inviting Dutch designers over is beneficial for both sides.

Director of the DDP Bart van Bueren who is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at NCKU said, “The DDP brings up collaboration between the Netherlands and Taiwan in the fields of design.”

“We’re aiming to get senior and junior designers to come here in Taiwan to share knowledge with totally different cultures and that’s where interesting things happen when you meet each other,” added van Bueren.

More than 10 designers are scheduled to come to visit Taiwan this year and they will showcase their work in the DDP, meeting up with Taiwanese designers during their stay, according to van Bueren.

He also said, as born traders, Dutch people actively seek international markets for their design. This is about selling their products, using the high quality manufacture techniques which are renowned in Taiwan and setting up collaborations with local parties.

The DDP invites Dutch designers to come and engage with Taiwanese designers and students to exchange knowledge, van Bueren said.

To get involved as designer or quality manufacturer, follow Dutch Design Post on Facebook and visit the official website www.dutchdesignpost.com.
Provider: NCKU NEWS
Date: 20140505
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