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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.