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NCKU hosts first Taiwan-Japan University Presidents’ Forum

Tainan, Taiwan, May 12, 2016

2016 Taiwan-Japan University Presidents’ Forum, the first forum co-organized by Japan Committee of Universities for International Exchange (JACUIE) and Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET), kicked off today at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan.

Over 250 presidents, vice presidents, deans and delegations from 66 Japanese universities and 76 Taiwanese universities attended the forum.

NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su who is also the Chairperson of FICHET extended her warm welcome to the guests from all over Japan and Taiwan who have great insights on internationalization of higher education.

Su said, We are honored to have the privilege hosting the first and largest ever scale of gathering between the Japanese university presidents and the Taiwan counterparts.”

Dr. Lucia S. Lin, Political Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education, gave her remarks saying, “the theme of today’s forum is Globalization and the Challenges Confronting Universities in Taiwan and Japan. As we all know, globalization brings challenges and opportunities to education at the same time.”

“High quality cross boarder education equips our students with the skills and awareness that they would need to participate in global society,” she added.

Lin also said that she is happy to see higher education leaders and educators from Japan and Taiwan gather together to explore important areas on mutual interest in higher education field.

Mr. Mikio Numata, Chief Representative of Interchange Association Japan, said, “Japan and Taiwan has shared a long-standing friendship. We are partners united to fight against various changes in the international community including internationalization and globalization.”

He noted, “The forum has provided a valuable opportunity to exchange ideas and networks for future collaboration.”

According to Su, “This forum would be a solid evidence of interaction. Many of the preparation and presentation offer from both sides with solid information and we expect ourselves to go through this program to highlight another level, another horizon of our collaboration and interaction over the past few decades.”

Dr. Kyosuke Nagata, Chairperson of JACUIE, said, “Today we have our first forum. Two years later in 2018 we will have a second one in Japan.”

After the opening ceremony, FICHET and JACUIE signed an agreement of cooperation to contribute positively to the strengthening of education and learning.

Nagata said, the signing ceremony is a symbol of an ever-lasting friendship between Taiwan and Japan.

Dr. Jong‐Tsun Huang, President of Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT), gave a keynote speech on globalization and challenges confronting the universities in Taiwan.

He talked about a shortage of university applicants is forecasted starting from 2016 for a 12-year continuous decline of university student enrollment.

HEEACT established in 2005 is a professional organization specializing in higher education evaluation and accreditation, according to Huang.

The topics of the forum include university strategies response to internationalization and globalization, global internship, students exchange, international cooperation, international join research, and industry-university collaboration.
Provider: NCKU News
Date: 2016/05/12
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