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NSYSU EU Centre Wins the French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation Award
Publish date : 2016-12-23
The European Union Centre at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU EU Centre) has won the French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation Award, and is the only university centre to win this award in Taiwan. The other award winner this year is Dr. Samia Ferhat, the researcher of Centre d’études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (Centre of Chinese Modern and Contemporary Studies) at École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). The Taiwan Minister of Culture, Ms. Li-Chiun Cheng hosted the 20th French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation Award Ceremony at the Institut de France in Paris.

President of National Sun Yat-sen University, Professor Ying-Yao Cheng said, “The European Union Centre at National Sun Yat-sen University was established 7 years ago, and has since facilitated the cultural exchange between Taiwan and the European Union. The centre has also become an information platform on the European Union for Southern Taiwan, and an important service window for European students to gain more understanding about Taiwan.”

The establishment of the NSYSU EU Centre in 2009 was supported by the European Executive Council, with its focus on five main areas: culture, arts, service, teaching, and research. The centre’s dedication on disseminating information of EU countries to Taiwan and organizing cultural exchange opportunities between European and Taiwanese students have been highly recognized by the judges.

One of the judges and also the perpetual secretary of the French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation Award, Xavier Darcos explained that NSYSU EU Centre has actively promoted cultural exchange between Taiwan and Europe, increasing the visibility of Europe in Taiwan on one hand, and establishing a positive image of Taiwan in Europe on the other. Dracos especially highly acknowledged the project on Taiwanese-European university student collaborative teaching, which extends its reach to elementary schools and minority students in remote and rural areas.

President Ying-Yao Cheng made a special trip to France to attend the award ceremony. He emphasized that since its establishment, the NSYSU EU Centre has extended its activities to reach a broader audience. The centre has conscientiously organized events from the conference on climate change to elementary school student volunteering activities, and has become the information platform on EU for Southern Taiwan, and a service window for European students to expand their understanding about Taiwan. Through the events, the centre has also facilitated the cultivation of international talents and strengthened the relationship between Taiwan and Europe.

The Office of International Affairs at National Sun Yat-sen University states that from 2012 to 2015, the centre has hosted 35 large events with participation from 163 external organizations, and has benefited 28,414 people. For instance, in 2015, the centre has organized a series of exchange events, including: EU Culture Study Club, Volunteering Program for Getting to Know EU, Taiwan-Europe Cultural Exchange and Community Service Scholarship, International Cultural Festival, Taiwan-European Singing Contest, European Union Student Conference, European Union Human Library Contest, European Union Education Fair, and Taiwan-European Alumni Association. The target audience included elementary and secondary school students in Kaohsiung, university students in all countries, government sectors and organizations in the industry. All events have achieved outstanding outreach effects.

The French-Taiwanese Cultural Foundation Award was collaboratively established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture and the Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques of the Institut de France in 1996, for the purpose of “awarding every year two prizes for artistic or literary works that shed light on relations between Taiwan and Europe and/or contribute to the enhancement of cultural exchange between Taiwan and Europe.”
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