Vice Rector of Thammasat University visited NCCU, deepening collaboration
By Office of International Cooperation
Vice Rector of Thammasat University, Thailand, Pornchai Tarkulwaranont, also serving as Vice Minister for Industry, visited National Chengchi University (NCCU) on Thursday, September 22. An hour of meeting with NCCU Vice President for International Affairs, Shu-Heng Chen(陳樹衡) and Francis Yi-hua Kan(甘逸驊);from NCCU Institute of International Relations brought the two universities closer by exploring collaboration opportunities.
Thammasat University and NCCU has been partners since 2009. Partnership agreement was first signed under previous NCCU President Se-Hwa Wu(吳思華). To continue the amicable relationship with Thammasat University, NCCU renewed the partnership last year in 2015. Both universities are strong in Social Sciences and Humanities. Tarkulwaranont has pointed out particularly Communication, Political Science, and International Affairs are the areas worth exploring. In addition to the current student exchange, he would very much like to see other cooperation like double degree, co-funded research projects, language teacher exchange, etc, also emphasizing the rich experience they have had in doing double degree with other outstanding universities around the world. This way, both sides could support the New Southbound Policy proposed by the new Taiwan government as academic institutions.
Following the visit by Thammasat University earlier this year, with a group of faculty from Journalism and Mass Communication had meeting and discussion with NCCU Professors from College of Communication and this visit in September, Tarkulwaranont assured that there will be more and more connections between the two universities. Already by the end of this year in 2016, there will yet another group of delegation from their Political Science and International Affairs coming to NCCU. Soon next year in 2017, Tarkulwaranont, will be back in Taiwan again, to attend NCCU Partner Day on March 17, also an occasion to celebrate NCCU’s 90th anniversary. The partnership between the two universities is expected to become tighter and stronger.