Collaborating During Coronavirus: National Taipei University signed MOU with Kyungpook National University
National Taipei University (NTPU), Taiwan, and the Kyungpook National University (KNU), Korea, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2021 for developing academic exchanges and cooperation in teaching and research.
The spread of COVID-19 has deeply impacted the international education and the student mobility. Although the global mobility has been significantly decreased by the pandemic, it has brought new opportunities to advance international collaboration. The participation in the online events, such as virtual conference and online lectures has provided valuable opportunities that expand NTPU’s global network. During September 2020 to March 2021, The Office of International Affairs has attended 20 virtual activities, which is an increase of 60% over the past years.
In December 2020, the Director of International Cooperation Division, Dr. Chia-An Ku received an invitation of collaboration from Kyungpook National University right after both Universities attended in a virtual conference. The delegates of both sides had an online meeting discussing the potential collaborations such as student and faculty exchange, joint research and internship, then they agreed to work in partnership to make contributions together to further development. The signing of MoU will initiate academic exchanges, including student exchanges on a reciprocal basis, joint research and lecture of faculty members.
As one of the leading University in Korea, Kyungpook National University (KNU) has driven itself to produce the top intellectuals of the age. Since its establishment in 1946 as a comprehensive national university representing the region of Daegu, KNU has been striving to lead Korea’s national and international development by fostering talented graduates who can serve as global community leaders. KNU has 17 colleges, 2 independent departments and 12 graduate schools with 30,719 students enrolled in undergraduate programs, 6,603 on graduate programs, plus 3,230 professors and 463 administrative staff.
Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association Ms. Murashima visits and discusses academic exchange between NTPU and Japan.
The Head of the Cultural Affairs and Public Relations Department from Japan -Taiwan Exchange Association, Murashima Ikuyo, visited NTPU on the 20th of this month with Assistant Director Hakuta Naoko and Ms. Chen Suh Ling. Director of Research Center for Asia and Pan Pacific Region, Yu-An Hsu, gave an enthusiastic welcome and led the way to meet President Chen-Jai Lee with Former Vice President Chun-Sheng Chen, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Lung-Pao Tsai, Former Dean of College of Law Dr. Chao-Chun Lin, Assistant Professor of College of Law Dr. Kobayashi Takanori and Research Fellow of Center for Haishan Research Pei Hsin Lin. They talked about future cooperation between the two sides. After a wide-ranging conversation, Ms.Murashima stopped by the library for checking Japanese book fair, 共に‧一起‧Always Here --閱讀深度日本. The last stop was Research Center for Asia and Pan Pacific Region. In there, They held an in-depth and practical discussion on Japan Research and academic exchange program.
Since the last time the former Head of the Cultural Affairs and Public Relations Department visited in 2019, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association donates Japanese books yearly to Research Center for Asia and Pan Pacific Region for encouraging Japan research. The research Center has received 306 Japanese books so far. To let more students and professors see these valuable assets, Director Hsu contacted NTPU library and transferred all the books this year. The book fair, 共に‧一起‧Always Here --閱讀深度日本(Together‧Always Here—Read Japan deeply ), is held at the library from 4/19 to 4/30. Seeing the books from the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association exhibit in front of all the students, Ms. Murashima could not hide her excitement and took a picture of the book fair.
After a detailed and heated opinion exchange in Research Center for Asia and Pan Pacific Region, Ms. Murashima promised to convey the opinions on various academic programs from NTPU back to Japan. She showed her willingness to give a speech on Japan-Taiwan issues at NTPU. The speech will be arranged by Research Center for Asia and Pan Pacific Region soon.
French Office in Taipei Director Jean-Francois Casabonne-Masonnave Gives Speech and Attends Forum at NTP
The Director of the French Office in Taipei (Bureau Français de Taipei), Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave, visited NTPU on the 13th of this month with David Kibler, Head of Culture, University Cooperation and Education and Jérôme Bove, Attaché de coopération scientifique et universitaire. President Chen-Jai Lee, Dean of Office of International Affairs Dr. WEN-I LIN, and Dean of College of Humanities David Kibler attended the reception in person to show our school’s welcome and attention. Director Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave delivered a speech on the theme " France through the eyes of its representative in Taiwan ". After the speech, he met with P President Chen-Jai Lee, Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Lung-Pao Tsai, Dean of College of Humanities David Kibler, Vice Dean of College of Business Dr. Ting-hsiang Lin, Dean of Office of International Affairs Dr. WEN-I LIN, Director of International Student Affairs Dr. Han-Ming Wu, Director of Language Center Dr. Hui-Ju Tsai, Dr. Huei-Tung Chang/ Department of Law, Graduate Institute of Folk Arts and Cultural Heritage Dr. Yao-tung Linto, Dr. Yao-tung Lin and Dr. Hui-Ling Lang/Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics had a meal and exchange views on future cooperation between the two sides.
Director Casabonne-Masonnave’s speech was attended by around 200 faculty and students, including those who were once exchange students to France and those who will be in the near future. Director Casabonne-Masonnave hoped this speech and the opportunity of communication could provide the students with a different perspective on France. Meanwhile, he encouraged everyone to stay open-minded towards everything so that more possibilities can be found. After the speech, the students came up with many questions, and one of the students, Liu, said he knew more about French history and culture after the speech and felt glad to know the director’s thoughts on Taiwan. Another student, Lin, said he learned that France has invested a lot in Taiwan while Taiwan has invested relatively less in France, and he believes that it represents a great opportunity for Taiwan to work closely together with France in the future.
In recent years, the school has established 131 overseas high-quality sister schools in 106, and has reached 206 so far, a growth of about 57%. The number of cooperation and exchange agreements (MOU) signed has reached 298 since 219 in 106, a growth of 36%. These contracts and sister schools offer 114 high-quality exchange school options for exchange students (of which 87 are non-Chinese language schools), with more than 300 exchange places per academic year, and on average, nearly a quarter of the students have the opportunity to communicate abroad. Therefore, when the QS team came to our school for a briefing at the end of last year, NTPU's Inbound/Outbound exchange students had significantly exceeded the 300 average in Asia by comparison in their database. At present, our school has 18 sister schools in France, and the exchange of students between Taiwan and France in the past five years has reached 200, which can be said to be one of the countries with the closest exchanges.
In this activity, we would like to thank the Director of the French Office in Taipei, Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave, for his speech at the University. The luncheon between the international affairs office and the French Office in Taipei was smooth and pleasant. Director David Kibler said that he is looking forward to the French Association in Taiwan serving as a bridge of cooperation and communication, promoting the exchange and understanding between teachers and students of Taipei University and French schools, and opening up a broader French new vision for our students!
National Taipei University Earns AACSB reAccreditation
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) announced on February 2nd, 2021, that National Taipei University (NTPU) has successfully extended its accreditation in business for another five years. As of February 2021, less than 5% of schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB accreditation. NTPU’s commitment to quality business education is not only nationally but internationally recognized.
The new AACSB logo unveiling ceremony took place on April 13th, 2021, when the faculty members, students, members of staff, and all supporters of NTPU were invited to celebrate this achievement. Hsiang-Lin Chih, the Dean of the College of Business, is extremely proud of the collaboration between all NTPU stakeholders during the re-accreditation process. Dean Chih believes that the gain of accreditation is
not the end of the accreditation cycle. It should be a new happy beginning. NTPU will keep on focusing on the education of corporate sustainability and devoting ourselves to teaching and research excellence.