Broadening student horizon top priority for new OIC Dean
|The new dean of Office of International Cooperation Lin Yue-Yun (林月雲) Photo: Nick Song (宋修亞)|
By Karen Liu (劉品薇)
Lin Yue-Yun (林月雲), the new dean of Office of International Cooperation (OIC), said she hoped that students in National Chengchi University (NCCU) could realize that becoming a person with international perspective not only requires a strong English skill but also tolerance for different cultures.
“Every student should learn to broaden their horizons and show concern for what is happening around the world,” Lin said. “However, it is a pity that some students only focus on the development of the Chinese-language area. They are not sensitive enough to follow the trends in other parts of the world.”
Lin said it is difficult to expect every student to study abroad or attend activities in foreign countries because not all the families can afford trips overseas, adding that she hopes to turn the campus into an international environment.
“We made an English handbook introducing various extracurricular activities offered by different student clubs on campus to international students,” Lin said.
Lin further promised to increase more opportunities for NCCU students to interact with foreign students.
“They can try working together, such as holding social events or sport competitions. Hanging out together will be a great choice too,” she said.
“If possible, I plan to propose a new project, which provides opportunities for professors to interact with one another as well.”
Lin added that not only students but also professors in NCCU could participate in the overseas exchange program and experience different methods when teaching students from other countries. She said that OIC will also set up several teaching accounts for professors in other countries to set up curriculums in NCCU.
“NCCU could then gain more educational resources from overseas ,” she said.
Meanwhile, Lin proposed a more efficient way to utilize the university’s dormitories.
“Every summer vacation, the dorm rooms in the International House (I-House) will become vacant. I consider it a feasible idea to hold a summer school in the I-House. By doing so, we can not only make a better use of those vacant rooms but also create a space for NCCU students to learn how to organize a camp, ” Lin said.
Lin further encouraged those interested in being exchange students in foreign countries to find out what they want to pursue first, adding that they should also make sure that they are well-prepared and know the motivations of studying in other countries.
“For example, they should do a thorough and detailed research before they leave. They need to focus on not only learning the language but also learning the local customs. They then can have a deeper appreciation of the country,” Lin said.
Lin further suggested that students who plan to go on overseas exchange programs save more money in advance, adding that doing so allows them to have more opportunities to go traveling instead of staying at school all the time.