NCCU Opens its Doors for a massive Delegation of Japanese University Representatives and High School Principals
|NCCU Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Mei-Fen Chen delivered her welcoming remarks and guided all attendees through the event. © OIC, NCCU.|
|Motosugi Hideho, Principal of the Waseda University Senior and Junior High School, spoke on behalf of the Japanese Delegation and expressed his gratitude for the warm reception. © OIC, NCCU.|
|Prof. Chun-I Chen from the Department of Diplomacy and Law utilized the opportunity to provide details on NCCU’s newly founded “Innovative International College” (IIC). © OIC, NCCU.|
|Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Mei-Fen Chen and Principal of the Waseda University Senior and Junior High School Motosugi Hideho exchange gifts. © OIC, NCCU.|
|A group photo with all event participants was taken to conclude the meeting. © OIC, NCCU.|
|Japanese University Representatives inquired about the practice of job rotation during the focus group session. © OIC, NCCU.|
OIC Campus Reporter
A visiting delegation from Japan, consisting of representatives of 8 different universities and 6 high school principals, has been cordially received by NCCU’s Office of International Cooperation (OIC) on August 7. Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Mei-Fen Chen, the Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs Prof. Naiming Yu, and Prof. Chun-I Chen from the Department of Diplomacy and Law facilitated the event and successfully established an energetic and stimulating platform of exchange between both sides. Initiated by the Taiwan Education Center Japan, the meeting provided ample opportunities for all attendees to get to know one another, to promote ideas, and to share each other’s academic visions.
The visit of the particularly large delegation from Japan commenced with its familiarization of NCCU’s luscious green campus through a tour around the university grounds. Subsequently, the formal meeting started in an elegant venue situated in the North Wing of NCCU’s General Building. Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Mei-Fen Chen officially declared the opening of the discussions during her welcome address. Motosugi Hideho, Principal of the Waseda University Senior and Junior High School, likewise used the opportunity to express his excitement for the event and highlighted that 10 of his students had just visited the Affiliated High School of NCCU last week. Thus, embodying an encouraging and promising sign for an increase in future cooperation. In order to ensure focused and fruitful talks, the then following discussions had been arranged into two separate focus groups (namely, university and high school matters), each one equipped with a professional translator.
Vice President for International Cooperation Prof. Mei-Fen Chen led the discussion group concerned with university affairs. Among others, representatives from Kobe University, Osaka Prefecture University, Seikei University, and Tsuda University – a private liberal arts university for women with a long history of over a hundred years and a significant impact on the advancement of women in Japanese society in the past – joined the talks. During the process, the Japanese delegation presented itself all agog with curiosity about NCCU’s staff development strategies. With this in mind, Vice President Chen elaborated on the extensive opportunities provided to nurture the professional skills of the university’s personnel, which can be distinguished into two basic categories: traditional and nontraditional. While the former includes the pursuit of further studies and the obtainment of a higher degree, the latter incorporates exchanges to NCCU’s partner universities. New agreements with the Beijing-based Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China with respect to staff cooperation have just been signed and will allow individuals to stay at one of these partner institutions for 3 to 6 months. Similar collaborations on staff mobility also exist through the Erasmus program in the EU, during which NCCU staff can attend numerous workshops, seminars, and advanced trainings. The debate of the university focus group furthermore circled around the topics of student development, NCCU’s alumni association, and job rotation (a quite common practice in Japan, as it fosters understanding of one’s co-workers duties and tasks).
The focus group with regard to high school affairs, on the other hand, has been moderated by the Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs Prof. Naiming Yu and Prof. Chun-I Chen from the Department of Diplomacy and Law. Focal points here represented Japanese high school students’ admission to NCCU in general, and into NCCU’s new “Innovative International College” (IIC) in particular. The newly established “Innovative International College” will open its doors for the very first batch of undergraduate students (30 international students / 10 local students) next year and is putting emphasis on business, regional studies, and innovation & information technology. As ICC courses will be taught in English, the Japanese high school delegation therefore inquired about the English proficiency requirements and potentially offered language support. Following the discussions within the individual focus groups, the meeting concluded with the exchange of gifts and business cards. As a result, numerous new contacts have been made and stronger cooperation between NCCU and its Japanese visitors is to be expected in the near future.