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NSYSU Academic Exchange with the Philippines
Publish date : 2017-03-07
NSYSU Office of International Affairs (OIA) and Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) have recently visited numerous universities and think tanks in the Philippines, and have jointly explored with them future possibilities in strengthening academic collaboration and inter-institutional exchange.

The universities and institutes visited included University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University, Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.

NSYSU OIA and CSEAS have reached mutual consensus regarding visiting scholars, student exchange, and collaborative academic activities with Philippines universities and think tanks. The scope for collaboration will be gradually expanded and put into effect. NSYSU looks forward to achieving a win-win situation with Filipino academia through the firm collaboration basis.

Chih-Wen Kuo, NSYSU Vice President for International Affairs, stated that Taiwan government is actively pushing forward the new southbound policy and enhancing better understanding of Southeastern Asia countries.

Thus, on the level of university education, NSYSU will strengthen Taiwan’s ties with the Philippines via facilitating student exchange, designing dual degrees degree programs, encouraging mutual visits and professional development among faculties, Kuo said.

Prof. Santamaria of Asia Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman suggests Taiwan initiate interaction with Southeast Asian island countries through research on cultural studies. Evidence shows that Austronesian peoples may have originated from Taiwan, which signifies Taiwan’s importance in the academic community of Island Southeast Asia studies.

The visit provided opportunities for NSYSU representatives to have conversations with local students, which not only helped gain understanding on Filipino students’ views of Taiwan but also introduced Taiwan and NSYSU’s abundant research resources and advantageous geographical location. The exchange helped bridge the gap in understanding between Taiwan and Philippines, and effectively facilitated future collaboration and research performance.

Hung-Jeng Tsai, CSEAS Director, and Titus Chen, Deputy Director stressed that if Taiwan has more students from Southeast Asia, it will help domestic students expand their international perspective.

Though Southeast Asian students may encounter some language difficulties if their Chinese proficiency is insufficient, NSYSU will provide assistance through Chinese Language Center, or offer English instructed programs.
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