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President Lin Sung Po of Qilu Normal University (QNU), one of NCUE’s partner universities in Mainland China, led a delegation to visit NCUE. The two sides compared notes on future cooperation projects. Given that both have mutual experience of successfully transforming into comprehensive universities, they reached a consensus about deepening cooperation based on mutual benefit, exchange of assistance, and sharing of resources. NCUE will especially share its experience with and offer study opportunities to QNU in the field of teacher training, such as teaching models and management, and curriculum development.

 

President of Huzhou University, Li-Chin Zhang, led a group to visit NCUE and signed a Memorandum of Understanding, making the partnership official between the two institutions. Huzhou University is one of NCUE’s 86 partner universities in Mainland China.  

 

 

A delegation led by Vice President Wei-Tung Tsou of Longyan University, which is one of NCUE’s Partner Universities in Mainland China, visited NCUE in early December. Both sides exchanged views on future cooperation in the fields of teacher training, sports rehabilitation, special education and innovation and entrepreneurship. NCUE and Longyan have been sharing teaching and research resources for two years. Longyan students have also benefited from positive experiences of exchange studies at NCUE. Both institutions look forward to furthering cooperation in the future.

 

The Office of International and Cross-straits Affairs (OICA) and Overseas Chinese Students Association (OCSA) hosted a series of orientation activities for new overseas Chinese students, including a welcome party, an orientation, a new student assembly and two-day icebreaker games. Apart from experiencing Taiwanese hospitality and vitality, the new students are expected to be accustomed to the new environment via professional counseling and icebreakers activities that help find their spiritual home in Taiwan.

NCUE recently established a partnership with Global Leadership University (GLU) of Mongolia. GLU is NCUE’s first partner university in Mongolia. Founder and President Otgonbat Barkhuu of GLU visited NCUE recently in the hope of establishing cooperation at various levels, including English and Chinese teaching training, and joint-degree programs. NCUE has been devoted to Chinese language education for overseas students for years. The cooperation between the two institutions may start with it since GLU has been implementing a policy that encourages students to learn Chinese and Korean, among others, to nurture a global mindset for all students.

 

A group of 15 from the United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) visited NCUE to discuss future cooperation projects on the teacher training of Chinese independent high schools and sponsorship plans for disadvantaged students, including opening overseas in-service master’s programs and educational programs, conducting workshops for the principals of Chinese independent high schools, and offering scholarships for the students. With the cooperation experience in the past two years, NCUE President Yen-Kuang Kuo takes a positive stance towards the medium- and long-term cooperation with Dong Zong and NCUE is expected to try its best to help promote Chinese education in Malaysia.

 

On the first day of school, the Office of international and Cross-straits Affairs (OICA) hosted an orientation for the exchange students from Mainland China, Germany, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the United States, and Spain. President Yen-Kuang Kuo delivered a speech in both Chinese and English, encouraging students to travel around Taiwan and expressing his wishes for a delightful learning journey of them at NCUE. He indicated that the students are welcome to contact OICA for assistance when in need.

 

The Office of International and Cross-strait Affairs and the Language Center hosted a Christmas party a few days before Christmas for international students. The party arranged for the students to participate in group games, mulled-wine making, gift exchange, etc. The students were particularly fond of making mulled wine that made them living far away from homes feel warm as mid-winter Christmas was approaching. With the assistance of enthusiastic international ambassadors and student buddies consisting of NCUE local students, the party was full of happiness. Many students celebrating Christmas overseas for the very first time enjoyed the warm festive atmosphere. 

 

NCUE International Summer Camp came to an end. Not only did the 22 participants from five countries go to basic Chinese and culture classes, but they also personally experienced local cultures by visiting different spots and joining hands-on practice. NCUE “international ambassadors” offering assistance along the way developed a close bond with the campers. Many campers indicated that this camp is one of their best memories in life, and they look forward to visiting Taiwan again. It shows the Camp and the international ambassadors successfully fulfilled the mission of citizen diplomacy for Taiwan.

 

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.