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NSYSU Establishes Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Publish date : 2017-01-13
New southbound talent cultivation policy has initiated! NSYSU President Ying-Yao Cheng and Director-general Wen Sheng Tseng of Economic Development Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government jointly inaugurated the establishment of NSYSU Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS). NSYSU will strive to become the think tank to facilitate the development of southern countries, promoting Kaohsiung as the new window towards the South while providing policy suggestions and cultivating talents.

In his speech, Cheng said that NSYSU, based in the harbor city Kaohsiung, is tactically advantageous and can not only merge southern resources into a think tank and facilitate talent cultivation, but also assist Kaohsiung in becoming the core of southern area development. NSYSU possesses a key element in becoming the southern country development think tank in that NSYSU can collaborate with the Kaohsiung city development. It is critical for the Taiwan’s southbound policies to be recognized internationally, and the traditional mindset of political economy relationships and manufacturing should be shifted towards contribution to international public goods in collaboration with Southeast Asian and South Asian countries.

CSEAS Director, Hung-Jeng Tsai, quoted a Philippines scholar who visited NSYSU during the recent typhoons; the scholar mentioned that Kaohsiung surprised him in that the flood water level receded on the next day. In Manila and Ho Chi Minh City, the flood may last at least one month, and numerous epidemic disease would arise.

Following this example, Tsai mentioned that Kaohsiung has two unique advantages in becoming the new window to southbound policy: abundant experience in running a tropical city, and in developing an industrial harbor city. Tsai said that the similarity in climate allows Kaohsiung to serve as reference for other southern countries in areas such as agriculture, disaster management for typhoon and earthquake, medical treatment and public health management for epidemic diseases, transportation, architecture, and green energy.

In terms of talent cultivation, NSYSU can develop core courses (for program or degree bases). The course content may include mutual developing issues such as industry techniques, financial service, city development, environmental evaluation, energy, and labor human rights. NSYSU will collaborate with schools, think tanks, government and industry from both nations, and select issues that are most relevant and advantageous for development.

Ultimately, NSYSU can also establish intensive degree programs for Southeast Asian students, who can work at their local government agencies or Taiwanese companies after they graduate. After a few years, the group of staff members with Taiwan experience can form an important bridge between Taiwan and their native countries’ development, and become a vital resource for Taiwan’s southbound policy.
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