CEO of Wonder Workshop Vikas Gupta Visited NTNU
National Taiwan Normal University has been promoting the Industry-academic Cooperation for a long time. CEO of the famous U.S. startup Wonder Workshop Vikas Gupta visited NTNU on the morning of October 17, Professor Wu Cheng Chih and Associate Professor Chen Zhi Hong from the Graduate Institute of Information and Computer Education, Ms. Chen Yi Fen from Taipei First Girls' High School and Mr. Huang Wei Ming and Ms. Weng Zhen Yuan from Dong-Hu Junior High School share their ideas with Mr. Gupta on the trends of program education, curriculum development and teaching aid design of primary and secondary schools in the world.
Vikas Gupta was invited to Taiwan as entrepreneur on October 16th to 18th by National Development Council. He visited the Ministry of Science and Technology, MediaTek, the Legislative Yuan and NTNU.
Vikas Gupta is an Indian American internet entrepreneur. He is known for having founded Jambool, an online company that was acquired by Google in August 2010. Gupta has also joined Google as the Head of Consumer Payments after the acquisition. Prior to founding Jambool, Gupta worked at Amazon.com, where he led the payments and web services groups.
In the 21st century, where artificial intelligence and robots are the trend, governments in around 25 countries have made computer science compulsory courses in primary and secondary schools. Professor Wu said that "In line with the trend, Taiwan has incorporated program design into the curriculum of 2019. In the future, programming will be compulsory course in junior and senior high school. Students are encouraged to learn basic computational thinking.”
Prof. Wu suggested Vikas to launch app in traditional Chinese with related material and promised that the team of the Graduate Institute of Information and Computer Education of NTNU will assist the research and development. After the meeting, Vikas said that Taiwan is famous for its technology and hope that through the cooperation with NTNU, Wonder Workshop can help to find out more talents with computational thinking.