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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.

More than thirty principals of the secondary schools sponsored by the Hong Kong Buddhist Association visited NCUE at the end of the year to learn about NCUE’s study environment for reference of their students. When meeting with the visitors, NCUE President Yen-Kuang Kuo expressed his wish that NCUE can attract more outstanding students from Hong Kong. The graduates from Hong Kong secondary schools that have signed the collaborative agreement with NCUE are eligible for the tuition and accommodation fee exemption if they are admitted to NCUE via the individual application or University independent admissions with their principal’s recommendation. Their on-campus housing during their study years is also guaranteed. 

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.

 

A group of 80-some people organized by Japanese “Taiwan Study Support Center” (the Center) visited NCUE at the end of 2017 to get a deeper understanding of NCUE for Japanese high school students wishing to study abroad. In “The Guide of Studying in Taiwan” published by the Center, NCUE is listed as one of the recommended universities. The Vice President Chi-ting Lin of the Center esteemed that NCUE is a quality university with good amenities and that overseas students are well taken care of. Currently, there are three Japanese students in Business Administration, Fine Arts, and Sports at NCUE.

 

Dr. Hung-ming Ku, President Assistant of Thailand King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) and Program Director of the Chemical Engineering Practice School (ChEPS), led a group to visit NCUE in the hope of deepening the partnership. KMUTT gives weight to the integration of theory and practice and emphasizes close ties with industries. Creating internship opportunities for the exchange students from both universities is highly expected.

Hexi University from Mainland China came to visit recently in the hope of building a cooperative partnership with NCUE, particularly laying emphasis upon the fields of teacher training and technological and vocational education. Both universities have been through a major transforming from normal universities into comprehensive ones.

The Office of International and Cross-strait Affairs (OICA) led 216 students from Mainland China, Germany, Japan, and Malaysia to visit Che Cheng and the Sun Moon Lake in mid-October to experience the beauty of humanity and culture of Central Taiwan. The student buddies and international ambassadors trained by OICA served as either tour managers or tour guides. It was drizzling from time to time. However, the students enjoyed the painting-like views of the misty day, gaining unforgettable memories during their trip.

Shandong Normal University (SDNU) and Zhejiang Normal University (ZJNU), two of NCUE’s partner universities in Mainland China, came to visit NCUE in November 2017 and had a conversation with their exchange students at NCUE, sharing their learning and living experience in Taiwan. Both universities participated in the Fifth Forum for Presidents of Normal Universities in the Greater China Region hosted by NCUE in 2016. They expressed their hope of deepening the collaboration with NCUE, including conducting joint research projects, holding joint conferences, and inviting President Yen-Kuang Kuo to pay a visit to the Mainland.

Taiwan Ministry of Education (MOE) recently awarded five universities, of which NCUE is one and the only winner located in Central Taiwan, for their excellent international student counseling in 2017. It shows NCUE’s achievement of internationalization based on President Kuo’s governing strategy, which is widely recognized, actively offering sufficient support to international students in hopes that they enjoy their learning journey in Taiwan.

Vice President Jie Yang of Guilin University of Aerospace Technology (GUAT), an NCUE's partner university in Mainland China, led a group to come visit in hopes of deepening the long-term collaboration with NCUE. They paid a visit to the exchange students from GUAT as well. NCUE Vice President Ming-Fei Chen expressed his hope to extend the collaboration in the long run from student exchange to faculty exchange based on the mutual needs of both universities.