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Exploring Possible Collaboration with Higher Education Institutions in the UK

Date : 2022-11-17 Department : College of Social Sciences
【Article by College of Social Sciences】
As of late, the College of Social Sciences has been persistently working to secure more international exchange opportunities, in order to develop international cooperation among partners and maintain positive momentum. As the pandemic ebbs down and many countries have reopened their borders, Dr. Wan-ying Yang (Dean of CSS), together with Dr. Chung-min Tsai (Associate Dean), have been working on the possibility of arranging cooperation agreements with several institutions. They departed for London on October 7 and October 8, respectively, and returned to Taiwan on October 13. The two professors visited SOAS University of London, University of Nottingham, University of Portsmouth, and King’s College London during their visit in order to facilitate the possibility of cooperative teaching, research, and dual degree between NCCU and the Higher Education institutions.

World-renowned and one of the UK’s top universities, SOAS University of London is the country’s only academic institution specializing in Asian, African and Middle Eastern Humanities and Social Sciences studies. Since its establishment, SOAS has provided many outstanding alumni, including heads of government, ambassadors, diplomats, justices, and Nobel Prize winners (e.g: Aung San Suu Kyi). During their visit, Dean Yang met with Dr. Adam Habib (Director of SOAS); and discussed the possibility of a comprehensive cooperation program between NCCU and SOAS with Dr. Wen-chin Ouyang (Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and Academia Sinica’s newly elected Academician); Dr. Edward Simpson (Dean of College); and Dr. Dafydd Fell (Director of the Centre of Taiwan Studies). On October 12, Dr. Yang and Dr. Tsai once again visited the Centre of Taiwan Studies and continued discussing with Dr. Ernest Caldwell (Reader of East Asian Languages and Cultures) about the possibility of a dual degree program; The Centre of Taiwan Studies also arranged for Dr. Yang to conduct a talk and to interact with students.

On October 10, Dr. Tsai visited the University of Nottingham’s School of Politics and International Relations and Prof. Chun-Yi Lee (Director of Taiwan Studies Programme), in addition to continuing the two institutions’ previous partnership and cooperation of academic activities between the two sides.

On October 11, Dr. Yang and Dr. Tsai headed south to visit the University of Portsmouth, and was well-welcomed by Chris Chang, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the institution; the two professors also met with Global Engagement Lead for the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature, Dr. Christine Berberich; Interim Associate Dean of the School of Education and Sociology, Dr. Jacqueline Priego; Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Dr. Anne Louise Murphy; Senior Lecturer of East Asian and International Development Research, Dr. Isabelle Cheng; to negotiate the possibility of research cooperation matters and to exchange information.

Additionally, Dr. Yang met with Dr. Cheng, an alumni of NCCU’s Department of Political Science who is currently teaching at Birkbeck, University of London. Under the recommendation of Dr. Cheng, Dr. Yang visited King’s College London’s Lau China Institute together with Dr. Tsai, and was warmly welcomed by the Institute’s Interim Director, Dr. Charlotte Goodburn and Deputy Director, Dr. Xin Sun. The two scholars expressed a strong willingness in regards to academic cooperation with Lau China Institute’s members and students. King's College London, with its rich history, is not only one of the founding colleges of the University of London, but is also one of the top four colleges of the University.

Dr. Yang expressed that even though the schedule was tight, the achievements exceeded her expectations. Not only did she successfully visit various sister colleges and universities to discuss the possibility of various in-depth cooperation plans, she also unexpectedly had the opportunity to meet and initiate collaboration opportunities with King’s College London. Dr. Yang believes that London is an international city packed with multicultural characteristics. She is hopeful for more opportunities in the near future for students from the College of Social Sciences to study abroad through the student exchange programs. Through the melting pot of different cultures, students can expand their horizons and enrich their international experience. The College of Social Sciences is in the process of organizing an exchange student program briefing for students who are interested (further notices will be posted on the college’s website.)
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