Office of International Affairs Attended the First Joint Symposium between SixERS and University System of Taipei
On December 16, 2021, the Office of International Affairs of National Taipei University (NTPU) participated in the first joint symposium between the University System of Taipei(UST) and the SixERS. This event was hosted by the National Taipei University of Technology. The lecturer representatives from NTPU were Dr. Chien-Hao Fu from the Department of Public Finance, Dr. Kuo-Hsun Ma from the Department of Sociology, and Dr. Chia-An Ku, from the Department of Real Estate and Built Environment.
In the opening ceremony, the Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Prof. Wen-I Lin introduced the history and key features of NTPU and expressed his interest in having more possibilities of academic exchanges and research with SixERS in the future. He sincerely hoped that after the epidemic, both members could develop deep relationships and understandings through mutual visits, which would lead to more concrete cooperation.
During the forum, Dr. Chien-Hao Fu focused on the topic of ''Financial Distress and Older Adult's Living and Caregiving Arrangements''. He explored the possible influences of caregiving and living arrangements for the elderly. In an aging society, aging in place is the preferred living style for most older adults. Therefore, ensuring good care for them is one of the most important and challenging issues for countries facing rapidly aging populations. In general, informal care provided by family members is the primary support for elderlies.
Dr. Kuo-Hsun Ma presented the topic of “Intergenerational Influences, Educational Expectation, and Gender Role Attitudes, and Transition to Parenthood Among Young Taiwanese Adults.” He explained how education and career advancement of the previous generation would affect the fertility desires and behaviors of the next generation, leading to delayed childbearing. Research shows that parenting attitudes have a significant impact on the fertility of the next generation. In addition to parents’ educational expectations, the gender role attitudes, educational preferences, and differential treatment of gender may cause children to delay having children or decide to have fewer children.
Dr. Chia-An Ku concluded that the aging society is a common problem in modern countries. People need more research and discussion to find solutions facing an aging society. This joint symposium is only the beginning. UST and SixERS may continue to focus on related issues and share the observations and research results in the future.
UST and SixERS started the academic cooperation in 2019. SixERS are a Japanese University Consortium, which members include Chiba University, Niigata University, Kanazawa University, Okayama University, Nagasaki University, and Kumamoto University. This symposium has been the premier forum for presenting current research on the aging population and for bringing together researchers and practitioners in this field. NTPU would continue the academic cooperation with SixERS in 2022, by setting up mutual research platforms, organizing workshops and seminars to provide a variety of exchange activities in research, learning, and teaching areas.
The Yuan Shan Globalize Online Lecture is back! The Office of International Affairs held another Yuan Shan Globalize Online Lecture on December 2, 2021. This time, through the invitation of Professor Wen-I Lin, Dean of Office of International Affairs, we invited Dr. Federico Cugurullo from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) to give us an online lecture on " Frankenstein Urbanism and the End of the City - Eco, Smart, Autonomous Cities, and Artificial Intelligence. "
In the very beginning, Dr. Cugurullo introduced his college to us. Trinity College Dublin (TCD)was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth and has been established for over 400 years, organized into three constituent faculties: Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and the Faculty of Health Sciences. TCD is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in Europe. Dr. Cugurullo is an Assistant Professor in Smart and Sustainable Urbanism, Department of Geography in TCD, currently researching how artificial intelligence (AI) impacts urban governance and planning, thereby influencing the sustainability of cities. He also wrote a book called“Frankenstein Urbanism: Eco, Smart, and Autonomous Cities, Artificial Intelligence and the End of the City”, and has extensive experience in academic publications.
Dr. Cugurullo said that the last time he visited National Taipei University was in 2015. He thinks that Taipei is a fantastic city and he is also a fan of our university. He enjoyed his time in Taipei and it was a pity that he couldn’t attend the lecture in person due to the epidemic. During the online lecture, Dr. Cugurullo introduced the concept of smart cities, Autonomous Cities, and Artificial Intelligence to the participants and explain how sustainability is cultivated and implemented with smart and eco-cities.
More than 60 students, including students from the Graduate Institution of Urban Planning and the Department of Real Estate & Built Environment joined the lecture online and in person. To accommodate the time difference, the lecture started at 5:00 pm and lasted for almost two hours. Dr. Cugurullo highly appreciated the positive attitude of our students and hoped that through this lecture, they would have a new understanding of the impact of smart cities and AI on urban governance. Moreover, to further enhance their knowledge in exploring international issues.
The Office of International Affairs has organized a series of Yuan Shan Globalize Online Lectures! On November 24, 2021, we invited Professor Adam Dennett from University College London (UCL) to give us an online lecture on " Unpacking the Nuances of Neighbourhood Change & Gentrification - an Urban Analytics Approach. " Professor Dennett is the Head of Department at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and Professor of Urban Analysis at UCL. He is an outstanding scholar with extensive experiences in academic publications on leading journals in the field of urban studies.
In this lecture, Professor Dennett introduced the origins of urban gentrification and Neighbourhood change and shared his professional experience in urban analysis by using open science, reproducible methods, and applied urban science to have a real-world impact through collaborative endeavours with urban governments. The Director of the International Program on Urban Governance (IPUG) at NTPU, Dr. Shun-Te Yuo, led nearly 10 international students to the classroom to join the online lecture physically. During the Q&A section, Professor Dennett kindly responded to many questions raised by the students and teachers. The event lasted for one and a half hours, more than 70 faculty and students have participated in the online lecture.
University College London (UCL) was established in 1826, organized into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes, and research centers. In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, UCL is ranked 8th in the world and was rated the top university in the UK for research strength in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at UCL seeks to examine and offer solutions to the problems of resource efficiency and effective planning and governance shared by all cities. Their vision is to play a central role in the science of smart cities – applying it to city planning, policy, and architecture in the pursuit of making our cities better places to live.
After the online lecture, the Dean of the Office of International Affairs, Professor Wen-I Lin, and Director of International Cooperation, Dr. Chia An Ku also had a short meeting with Professor Dennett, they expressed their appreciations to Professor Dennett for his kind support to our university, and also discussed the possibility of future cooperation between NTPU and UCL. We hope that we can promote academic exchanges between faculty and students. Moreover, create an international academic research environment for our university.
On November 3, 2021, National Taipei University (NTPU) and the Bureau Français de Taipei (BFT) signed a memorandum of understanding for a scholarship program to encourage more students to pursue further studies in France. This agreement was signed by Dr. Chen-Jai Lee, President of NTPU, and Mr. Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave, Director of the Bureau Français de Taipei (BFT).
The ceremony was delivered and witnessed in the presence of Mr. Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave, the Director of Bureau Français, Mr. Jérôme Bove, Attaché for Science and University Cooperation, Ms. Sasha Ting, Deputy Attaché and Ms. Antoinette Neyra, Project Manager for Science and University Cooperation. National Taipei University representatives comprised Dr. Chen-Jai Lee, the President of NTPU, Dr. Dar-Hsin Chen, Vice President, Dr. Wen-I Lin, Dean of Office of International Affairs, Dr. Pei-Fang Li, Director of International Relations of College of Business and Dr. Josef Kuo-Hsun Ma, Director of International Students Division of OIA.
President Lee expressed his appreciation to Mr. Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave and the Bureau Français de Taipei (BFT) for their long-standing support to NTPU. He said that France and Taiwan have cultivated a long-term friendship over the past decades and have maintained close ties in the fields of culture, education, human rights, science, and technology. Mr. Jean-François Casabonne-Masonnave, Director of the BFT, emphasized that France was hoping to intensify academic exchanges with NTPU, including staff visits, lectures, joint laboratory projects, and French -Taiwan academia-industry collaboration.
He encouraged the students to go overseas and have a short-term living experience. “Traveling is the education of young people.” Mr. Casabonne-Masonnave indicated that traveling is not only leisure but also an experience in itself. Young people can take advantage of it to live many unique experiences.
During the signing ceremony, the International Office invited students who have lived in France to share their experiences. They showed a video presentation of several exchange and doctoral-degree students currently studying in France. Two Ph.D. students, Mr. Yi-Chung Tsai and Ms. Yi-ting Chen, who are studying in the Faculty of Law at the Aix-Marseille University, expressed that France is a very suitable country to study. Tsai shared that the administrative law in France had a long history of development. Therefore, there have been a wide variety of resources for him during the research process. Ms. Yi-ting Chen said that France has a comfortable and pleasant environment with a rich cultural heritage. She encouraged young students to live in France and broaden their horizons.
The program will offer free flight tickets per year for up to five NTPU students to join student exchange or double-degree programs in one of NTPU partner schools in France. The scholarships also include the reduction or exemption of visa fees and insurance coverage during their stay in France. We encourage all students to apply for exchange or degree programs in France!