NCCU president visits universities in the U.S. for anchoring relationship
|University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) signs the contract with National Chengchi University (NCCU). Photo: Office of International Cooperation.|
|College of Liberal Arts and Science of UIUC discusses the details with NCCU. Photo: Office of International Cooperation.|
|NCCU tries to understand more about the digital library service of UIUC. Photo: Office of International Cooperation.|
By Christine Chou (周家慈)
National Chengchi University (NCCU) President Edward Chow (周行一) signed a new contract with University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and extended the relationship between NCCU and Western Washington University (WWU) when he visited Urbana Champaign, Ill. and Bellingham, Wash. between Oct. 26 and Nov. 7.
UIUC became one of NCCU’s allies when President Timothy Killeen signed a contract with Chow on Nov. 2.
Located in Urbana Champaign, Ill., Killeen said that UIUC is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. Established in 1867, there are 17 colleges with 150 programs on the campus. UIUC was recently ranked among the top 50 universities in the world, and one of the top five engineering schools in the world.
”We are glad to elevate our relationship with NCCU because we share similar ideas for cultivating excellent students,” Killeen said.
With the new contract, two exchange student vacancies a year became available for both NCCU and UIUC students from now on. In the meantime, NCCU and UIUC will keep sharing the ideas of education.
Timothy Wedig and Tanu Kohli, chair and vice chair of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, considered NCCU’s English-speaking classes and Chinese courses the foundation of cooperation. Wedig and Kohli gave their support and believed that the cooperation between UIUC and NCCU will help students become more competitive.
UIUC’s library is also a highlight because it is the second largest library in the U.S., following Harvard University.
WWU became NCCU’s ally in 2011. Chow said that he is hoping for more connections between NCCU and WWU in terms of politic, business and eastern Asia affairs.