Fulbright marks its 60th anniversary in Taiwan and continues collaboration with NCCU
|President Chow gives the welcome speech and presents the visions and missions of NCCU. Photo: OIC.|
|80+ Fulbright researchers gather at NCCU for Research Workshop. Photo: OIC.|
|Dr. Vocke presents Fulbright 60th anniversary souvenir to President Chow. Photo: OIC.|
Fulbright Research Workshop 2016-17 was hosted by National Chengchi University on March 8 at Research and Innovation-Incubation Center. This event is a confluence of Fulbright researchers working in Hong Kong, China, Macau, Taiwan, US and is jointly organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Education (MOE), American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), National Taiwan University (NTU), NCCU, and Fulbright Taiwan.
Dr. William Vocke, executive director, Fulbright Taiwan welcome all the participants by giving an introduction of the program. President Edward Chow gave opening remarks by a presentation of the visions and missions of NCCU and its future construction of NCCU, which will help in propelling to the international arena.
The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) is one of the 49 bilateral organization in the world established specifically to administer the Fulbright educational exchange program. In 2014, the Foundation developed its first strategic partnership with the private and university sectors. New MA scholarships for Americans were instituted with National Chengchi University, and NTU.
There are 88 scholar grantees from NCCU since 1962. Now, there are 4 NCCU professors, also Fulbright Alumni, volunteered to act as Campus Advisors to provide suggestion for their colleagues and students who are interested in applying for Fulbright scholarship. NCCU also continuously provides support to Cross-Straits Research Workshop for the U.S. researchers.
2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Fulbright Program in Taiwan. Over the past 60+ years, the Foundation has financed over 1600 Taiwan grantees to the U.S. and more than 1400 U.S. grantees to Taiwan. A book project and tree planting will commemorate this program and honor Senator Fulbright. The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 as an initiative of Senator J. William Fulbright and highlights “a world with a little more knowledge and a little less conflict.”
The Research Workshop 2016-17 features panel discussions with leading academics and practitioners, keynote speeches from important figures, and workshops with researchers from a wide range of academic disciplines. The morning session was highlighted the political situation of Taiwan. Honorary Professor, I-Chou Liu (劉義周), Dept. of Political Science, NCCU gave a brief purview of his area of research and contemporary political situation regarding Taiwan. The participants quizzed from issues of public governance, healthcare, pension, etc.
Keynote speaker Ms. Audrey Tang (唐鳳), Digital Minister of the Executive Yuan, gave a presentation about e-governance in Taiwan and how e-governance was shaping the ease of administration and paving the way for e-transparency. The role of social media in Taiwan was also noted.