NCKU World Islam Campus Summit 2018
“Data as of the end of December  shows that 688,700 people were displaced internally – 60 per cent more than just a year ago,” Adrian Edwards, UNHCR spokesperson told reporters at Jan. 23, 2018 on a regular press briefing in Geneva. “For a country whose population is estimated at around 4.6 million, these two figures combined represent an astonishing level of suffering and people in need,” he added. As the surging conflicts often happens in highly Muslim populated countries, a large percentage of Muslims has moved and migrated across the globe for the sake of security and livelihood. As in the case of Taiwan, by 2016, there have been more than 230,000 Muslims in this island, mostly migrant workers, maids, and students. Yet, media reports have from time to time covered that Muslim worker are unfairly treated at work for various reasons. This Summit has therefore drawn attention to the public the urgent needs to understand and respect Muslims, and be inclusive to all works of life as they are effectively part of our multi-cultural and globalized society. It is of particular importance on university campus across Taiwan.
President Huey-jen Jenny Su deliver a welcoming Speech for NCKU World Islam Campus Summit 2018,” The history of National Cheng Kung University dates back to 1931 when the Japanese started this university from an engineering college. As a prestigious and leading research university in Taiwan, the NCKU has also put great emphasis on better caring for those underprivileged students and has devoted ourselves into creating an international friendly campus associated with emerging dynamic multi-cultures. Currently, there are some two thousand international students registered in this university across the globe. Meanwhile, we have about two hundred Muslim students studying on campuses. For their religious needs, we have kindly built several prayer rooms at different campuses for their daily and timely uses.”
She said, Along with this NCKU World Muslim Campus Summit, we would continue to pursue and promote friendly campus amid the globalized higher institutions. This Summit organized by NCKU Office of Student Affairs effectively marks the prelude of the Trilogy. Following this Summit, we shall have our Trilogy II on Taiwan’s indigenous people with the comparative experiences with other Austronesian peoples in 2019, and trilogy III on our new inhabitant in 2020. As a result, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come to NCKU in the future.
The acting mayor of Tainan City,Mr. Men-yen Li said, “Tainan aims to announce English as the second official language, as part of Tainan city internationalization program. Our next step is to work with all the local restaurants and night market vendors, to produce bilingual menu, signboards and production information with English and Chinese. For international visitors to Tainan traditional temples, it would be good to have English instructions for the fortunate telling devices and English-speaking staff.”
Mr. Lin said, For international Hala tourists, Tainan retailers and restaurants who apply for Hala certification will receive allowance from Tainan city government. More Muslim pray rooms and Muslim graveyards will be available. We aim to make Tainan a Muslim friendly city with service from birth to death. The Tainan National Cheng Kung University, with more than 2,000 Muslim students, is the first university to offer Muslim prayer room and other services. We look forward to seeing more cultural exchange between NCKU and Muslim countries.
During this Summit, the Former Director of American Institute in Taiwan-Taipei Main Office and now the Professor of National Taiwan University, Prof. William Anthony Stanton (司徒文), is to kick off the Summit by delivering his keynote speech on the Long Journey to Islam: Its People, Civilization and Implications for Contemporary University Education. The NCKU President Huey-jen Jenny Su, together with Prof. Ir Gunawan Budiyanto, Rector of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta in Indonesia, and Prof. Oussouby Sacko, President of Kyoto Seika University in Japan will be discussing and sharing their experiences in governing respective universities in areas of Building A University Campus with Multicultural Understanding, Respect, and Inclusiveness in the 21st Century in Asia. There are several other sessions that address significant issues of Muslim Migration and Integration across Asia, Islamic Cultural and Political Developments across Asia, Islamic Literature and Arts across Asia, Multiculturalism in Asian Perspectives, Islam Religion and Cuisine, and Traveling to Islamic World.
Undoubtedly, NCKU is moving steadily toward building a more welcoming, respectful, and inclusive multicultural study atmosphere for our young and talented students. This Summit organized by NCKU Office of Student Affairs effectively marks the prelude to the Trilogy of international friendly campus initiatives. Following this Summit, we shall have our Trilogy II on Taiwan’s indigenous people with the comparative experiences with other Austronesian peoples in 2019, and trilogy III on our new inhabitant in 2020. As a result, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come to NCKU in the future. For more information, please visit our web site at: http://osa.ncku.edu.tw/files/90-1013-2.php?Lang=en
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