Professor Chen-Jai Lee paid a visit to Mr. Budi Santoso
Professor Chen-Jai Lee, the President of National Taipei University paid a visit to Mr. Budi Santoso, the head of the Indonesian Economic and Trade Office to Taipei (IETO) on October 19, 2021, accompanied by Professor Wen-I Lin, the Dean of the Office of International Affairs of NTPU and Dr. Huan-Chan Shih, the Director of Taiwan-Indonesia Environmental Change and Land Resource Management Research Center. Mr. Adila, the Director of Tourism and Transportation Department of IETO also attended the meeting.
President Lee indicated that NTPU enjoyed close relations with all its partners in Indonesia, and looked forward to continuing a more comprehensive development of bilateral relations with them in the spheres of academic research and exchange, land resources survey and measurement technology, and cultural activities. Professor Wen-I Lin mentioned that NTPU has signed MoU with several Universities in Indonesia, including UI, UAI, Binus University, University Muhammadiyah Ponorogo、Surabaya、Metro, and Hamka, and had many in-depth collaborations with them. For example, NTPU had an online MoU signing Ceremony and a keynote lecture with the University of Al Azhar (UAI) in January 2021 and shared how two nations responded to the COVID-19. They also host a series of online-lecture with Binus University. The event included three lectures talking about artificial intelligence, computer vision, and future city planning. As they received positive feedback from both sides, they have decided to continue the online lecture in different areas. In the future, NTPU would spare no effort to promote international collaborative research projects with its partner universities, in the hope to extend different kinds of possibilities. In addition to academic research, the number of Indonesian students has been increasing significantly by almost 80% for the past three years. Most of them are business or MBA majors, and some of them study Engineering and Urban Governance. NTPU would continue to provide scholarships to encourage Indonesian students to achieve academic goals and to support their life in Taiwan.
Mr. Santoto responded that Taiwan has been a friendly country to Indonesians, and he praised the quality of teaching and research of Taiwan's higher education. He suggested that NTPU regularly provide information about the University, international programs, and scholarships to IETO, and get in connection with the Indonesian students' alumni associations to assure the visibility of NTPU. Besides, he would be happy to support the cultural activities planned by NTPU.
Professor Lin noted that the International Office has organized a series of lectures, “A Journey of Dialogues and Thinking”, to enhance the student’s motivation to explore the world, since the cutdown of international mobility. He hoped that Mr. Santoso could pay a visit to NTPU and share his experience with the faculty and students soon.