International Program in Ornamental Fish Technology and Aquatic Animal Health

This program offers 4 competency enhancement courses related to (1) aquaculture animal breeding and feeding technology; (2) aquatic animal disease diagnosis and vaccine development; (3) ornamental fish facility and system; (4) ornamental fish transportation and marketing.


Internationally renowned researchers in the program: Prof. Alexandra Adams (University of Stirling) for fish vaccine development; Prof. Øystein Evensen (Norwegian University of Life Science) for fish vaccines and immunology; Prof. Ikuo Hirono (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology) for aquatic genetics and biochemistry, genomics; Prof. Terutoyo Yoshida (University of Miyazaki) for fish bacterial vaccine development; Prof. Yung-Fu Chang (Cornell University) for infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis, and molecular microbiology; and Prof. Takashi Aoki of Waseda University for Marine Biotechnology. With domestic and international outstanding faculty members from virtually every related professional discipline, this program offers and excellent teaching and learning environment in promoting international interchanges of academia, faculty and students.

Why is this interesting to me?

  • Taiwan’s Ornamental Fish Industry leads the world in many aspects including software technology, product quality and peripheral products. Industry value is estimated at NT$2 billion, with 70% of the value coming from Pingtung County.


  • This program was established in 2016 to increase the international competitiveness of the industry. In addition to training the next generation of talents for the industry, research and academic activities at the program will also strengthen fish breeds, feeds, aquarium equipment and design, transportation, health management, disease control, and vaccine technologies.

What should I expect to learn?

  • Fish Breeding and Feeding Technology

  • Fish Facility and System Research and Development

  • Fish Industrial Marketing

  • Fish Vaccinology and Immunology

  • Fish and Shellfish Immunity, Biological Defense, Fish Diseases, Vaccine

  • Marine Biotechnology

Learning objectives:

At the end of the program, graduates shall be able to:

  • To perform aquatic animal disease diagnostics and vaccine development, breeding, aquarium equipment research, and marketing.


How long do I experience learning?

  • Master of Science, 1-4 years.

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2-7 years.


Course activities:

Students are allowed to choose from four different curriculum modules:

  1. Ornamental fish and Aquatic Animals breeding and development,

  2. Aquarium equipment and system development,

  3. Ornamental fish and Aquatic Animals marketing, and

  4. Ornamental fish disease diagnostics and vaccine development.

       * Specific vaccine research project

       * Industry internship

       * Lectures by international researchers and NPUST experts

       * Field trips


Highlights of research:

  • Ornamental fish feed

  • Fish vaccinology and immunology

Highlights of research:

  • Ornamental fish feed

  • Fish vaccinology and immunology


Career path/ opportunity:

  • Industry research and operations

  • Academia


Cost of program:

  • Per semester tuition fee: (M.S.) USD1,653; (Ph.D.) USD1,851

  • Per credit hour fee: (M.S./ Ph.D.) USD132

**All fees are subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuation and/ or unforeseen economic circumstances. Cost estimation is based on 30.2465 TWD= 1 USD.