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NCUE international ambassadors consisting of local students led a few students from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to visit some historical sites around Changhua, helping them experience the local culture and carrying out successful people-to-people diplomacy for Taiwan and NCUE. The experience of being international ambassadors recruited and trained by the Office of International and Cross-strait Affairs (OICA) helps the members broaden their horizons and develop global mobility by participating in international guest receptions, the assistance of international students, and international exchange activities. This experience also becomes some of the students’ best memories in college.

 

2018 Taiwan Higher Education Fair in Malaysia was held in the summer. NCUE President Yen-Kuang Kuo led a delegation to the event and visited local Chinese communities and businesses. In addition to exchanging views on the overseas program development, the international mobility enhancement of NCUE faculty and students, and the innovative talents cultivation for local industry, NCUE signed exchange and cooperation agreement with Sunway University. With International Office staff members’ efforts, NCUE fair booth attracted many students asking for study-related information, particularly the Guidance and Consulting program and Business Administration program.

President Tran Huu Phuc of the University of Foreign Language Studies (UFLS) in Vietnam paid a visit to NCUE and signed an agreement for academic cooperation and exchange. The cooperation in students exchange, “3+1” dual-degree programs for UFLS Chinese major stu

Department of Biology recently discussed with Pukyong National University in Korea about developing cooperation schemes. Both sides highly expect to create dual-degree programs. Currently, NCUE offers dual-degree programs in Business Administration, Physics, Guidance & Counseling, Accounting, and Computer Science with partner universities in the U.S. and Australia

The dual-degree programs offered by NCUE and California State University, Fresno (CSU, Fresno) are expected to extend to more departments and graduate institutes. Assistant Vice President for International Affairs, Sarah Lam, and the Assistant Professor in Physics, Yongsheng Gao of CSU, Fresno came to visit and discussed future cooperation with a few departments. Other issues, such as how to motivate students and teachers to study abroad, and how to shorten the duration of dual-degree studies were also involved. According to Dr. Lam, NCUE students in dual-degree programs could become a certified teacher in the U.S. by joining one-year teacher training after graduating from CSU, Fresno, enabling themselves more competitive in their careers.

The Office of International and Cross-strait Affairs (OICA) led 81 students from Mainland China and South Korea to visit the Sun Moon Lake and Che Cheng recently to experience the beauty of humanity and culture of Central Taiwan. It is a routine event held every semester. The students interacted with each other and learned better about Taiwan’s aboriginal culture as well as the development of local industries, making their studies more fruitful in Taiwan.

On the first day of this semester, the Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICA) organized a welcome reception for all international exchange students. President Yen-Kuang Kuo encouraged the students to travel around to better understand Taiwan. He also expressed his wish that they have a nice learning experience in Taiwan. He added that they are always welcome to contact the OICA whenever they are in need.

The relationships between NCUE and the“New Southbound Policy” countries have become increasingly close in recent years. President Tran Tho Dat of National Economics University (NEU), one of NCUE’s partner universities in Vietnam, led a delegation to visit NCUE discussing future cooperation projects, such as teacher training, promotion of Chinese language, distance education, administrative management, etc. President Tran Tho Dat also invited NCUE faculty to visit NEU.

The Office of International and Cross-Strait Affairs (OICA) at NCUE hosted a farewell banquet for the students from abroad at the end of the semester. During the feast, exchange students shared their learning and life experiences in Taiwan. NCUE faculty and students helping them get over their anxiety about a new environment when arriving in Taiwan for the very first time, the faculty being meticulous with knowledge inspiring students to study, as well as the friendliness and the warmth of the people in Taiwan are treasured by them. The exchange students are grateful to NCUE and their home universities for being visionary and providing opportunities for them to interact with and learn from each other. At the end, the teachers and students raised their glasses to express their good wishes and say goodbye, hoping for seeing each other again someday.

The Chinese Cultural Camp (the Camp) for Thai students hosted by NCUE ended successfully. The two-week activity not only deepens the friendship between NCUE and its partner university in Thailand but also competently plays an important role in extending NCUE’s connection with “New Southbound Policy” countries. During the closing ceremony, the students displayed their learning accomplishments by showing their calligraphy, drawings made on Peking opera masks, works of paper cutting and sky lanterns, and performance of Chinese songs. They also expressed their gratitude to the teachers and school buddies. It’s hard to say goodbye and the students from both sides look forward to seeing each other again!