NCCU Partner Day: Guests from 30 Schools Paid Visit
Yuanling Liang (梁元齡)/Campus Reporter
|Forty guests from 30 partner schools toured the NCCU campus.|
Forty guests from 30 partner schools visited the NCCU campus to participate in the 2017 NCCU Partner Day organized by the Office of International Cooperation on March 17th. President Edward Chou (周行一) noted that close friendship between NCCU and partner schools should be maintained. Guests participated in the morning workshop, faculty meeting and flower planting celebration afterwards to better understand NCCU and explore more cooperation opportunities.
|A present for NCCU's 90th anniversary from Thammasat University.|
Prof. Mei-Fen Chen (陳美芬), Dean of the Office of International Cooperation (OIC), commenced the morning session with a video featuring NCCU highly-internationalized campus. Prof. Ji-syuan Liu (劉吉軒), Director of Center of Creativity and International Studies, also introduced the center’s core value and goals jointly with the PinchFun, an award-winning creative team formed by students.
In the opening speech, President Chou emphasized NCCU’s great effort in promoting international cooperation and exchanges in global community and believed NCCU’s Chinese language programs and courses lectured in English provide an ideal learning environment for international students. “We really hope our close friendships with partner schools can be maintained.” said Chou.
The morning workshop titled “Challenges and Reflections on Current International Higher Education” was chaired by NCCU Vice President Chang-Ji Jhang (張昌吉), focusing on current international higher education issues. Shalendra Sharma, Associate Vice President of Lingnan University, Wing-Kai To, Director of Minnock Center for International Engagement at Bridgewater State University, and Alejandro Escudero Yerro, Deputy Director of International Relations at the ESSCA School of Management in Angers, are all invited as panelists to share their own experiences and perspectives.
Chang pointed out that globalization and technological improvement have brought about convenience and restructured the higher education system. Mei-Jyuan Wei (魏玫娟), Director of the International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS) suggested that international education should be combined with local culture. Deputy Director Yerro pointed out that technological improvement cannot replace study abroad experiences. He therefore encouraged teachers and students to participate in global organizations and cooperate with people from other countries.
In the afternoon, guests were divided into various groups to meet with the representatives from NCCU’s nine colleges, China Studies Center, Chinese Language Center and OIC to further discuss about ways to deepen and diverse the existing cooperation. Subsequently, participants also partook the flower planting celebration in front of the Si-Wei Hall, planting red, yellow and orange baby roses, which represent peace, connection, and harmony respectively and highlight the core essence of friendships between NCCU and partner schools.
On March 18th, guests will also participate Utheatre (優人神鼓) cultural experience workshop at Lao-Chuan Mountain Theater, which is located adjacently to NCCU campus, to conclude their productive visit to NCCU.