NCCU Partner Day: Guests from 30 Schools Paid Visit
Yuanling Liang (梁元齡)/Campus Reporter
Guests from 30 partner schools toured the NCCU campus and participated in several events on March 17th, the 2017 NCCU Partner Day organized by the Office of International Cooperation. In the morning, a conference tackling international higher education issues was held, followed by several afternoon events for relationship deepening. President Edward Chou (周行一) noted that close friendship between NCCU and partner schools should be maintained.
President Chou emphasized in his opening speech that, NCCU has put much effort in improving international cooperation and interaction. Chinese language programs and courses lectured in English have both been established, “and we really hope our close friendships with partner schools can be maintained,” said Chou.
Suggestions tackling global education issued changed at conference
The morning conference, hosted by NCCU Vice President Chen Shu-heng (陳樹衡), was titled as “Challenges and Reflections on Current International Higher Education” and tackled international higher education issues. Shalendra Sharma, professor at Lingnan University, Wing-Kai To, professor at Bridgewater State University, and Alejandro Escudero Yerro, Deputy Director of International Relations at the ESSCA School of Management in Angers, are all invited to participate in the conference.
Chen pointed out that, globalization and technological improvement have brought about convenience and restructured the higher education system; conversely, the matter have also resulted in several issues, including the gap between education and employment.
Wei Mei-jyuan (魏玫娟), director of the International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IMAS), suggested that international education should be localized. The problem, advised by Professor Sharma, could possibly be solved by offering more local courses, giving more local information to international students. Also, Deputy Director Yerro pointed out that technological improvement cannot replace abroad experiences. He therefore expects that communication opportunities can be expanded to professors.
In the afternoon, guests formed groups for further discussion about exchange students’ situation. Subsequently, participants were invited to join the flower planting event in front of the Sih-wei Hall,, planting pink, red and yellow flowers which represented abundance, relation and harmonious respectively and highlighted the core value of friendships between NCCU and partner schools.
On March 18th, guests will be invited to appreciate the play of “U Theatre (優人神鼓)”, a troupe combining western body training techniques and oriental martial arts in their performance.