Recent major earthquakes in the world, such as the Loma Prieta earthquake (USA, 1989), Northridge earthquake (USA, 1994), Kobe earthquake (Japan, 1995), Izmit earthquake (Turkey, 1999), Chi-Chi earthquake (Taiwan, 1999), Southern Sumatera (Indonesia, 2000), Bhuj-Ahmadabad-Rajkot earthquake (India, 2001), San Miguel (ElSalvador, 2001), Baghlan earthquake (Afghanistan, 2001), Xinjiang earthquake (China, 2002), Algiers-Bourmerdes-Thenia earthquake (Algeria, 2003), had caused serious life and property losses in the suffering areas. It is therefore necessary to promote the seismic design technology to mitigate the seismic hazard in the high-seismicity regions.
The World Seismic Safety Initiation (WSSI) under the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) has also suggested the Asian-Pacific economics such as the United States, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Taiwan to propose training programs in relating to the improvement of seismic design specifications for other countries. In consideration of these backgrounds, the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) initiates seismic design training programs for government officers, researchers and practical engineers in other countries, to interact,
exchange ideas and share experiences on the seismic design field, as well as to strengthen the friendship among the countries in the global village.
The first training program (ITP 2002) had been held at January 21-25, 2002. Totally 22 participants from nine countries and 13 professionals from NCREE, universities, and industries in Taiwan have succeeded the program. This year, there are 24 participants attending this training program (ITP 2003), including graduate students, professional engineers, government officers, and professors, from Costa Rica, Dominica, El
Salvador, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Fourteen technical lectures are arranged in this program, including topics from traditional to advanced seismic designs, ground motion characteristics, and seismic hazard assessment.
The success of the training program is attributed to not only the financial supports of National Science Council, but also the invited speakers, including Prof. K. L. Wen, Prof. K. C. Tsai, Prof. K. C. Chang, Prof. B. J. Lee, Prof. M. S. Sheu, Mr. S. M. Hung, Dr. C. L. Wu, Dr. C. M. Su, Mr. S. Shieh, Prof. J. S. Hwang, Dr. L. L. Chung, Dr. C. H. Yeh, Prof. S. H. Ni, and Dr. C. C. Lin. This program will hopefully promote the leverage of the earthquake engineering technologies and our ever-growing friendship.