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Scholars from 52 Countries Engage in Education Discussion at APAIE
Publish date : 2017-03-31
The Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) Conference and Exhibition 2017 has recently taken place at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. With NSYSU as the head host of the conference and exhibition, APAIE 2017 attracts over 1,500 participants from 52 countries and about 240 exhibition booth and is the largest international education event in Taiwan.

Ying-Yao Cheng, NSYSU President, highlighted that APAIE participants include international scholars and experts of higher education, government sectors, and representatives from international enterprises. The exchange and discussions will provide collaboration opportunities for student exchanges, international internships and programs, and dual degrees, facilitating international higher education development, Cheng said.

Chih-Wen Kuo, NSYSU Vice President for International Affairs, stated that though it is the first time for Kaohsiung to host APAIE, the scale of the event is larger than ever, and this signifies Kaohsiung’s status as an international city that has the capacity to organize global events. Kuo indicated that by proactively striving for the chance to host the event, NSYSU hopes participants to not only engage in depth discussion on international higher education and collaboration but to enjoy Taiwan’s delicacies, art, history, and local culture.

The theme of APAIE conference and exhibition 2017 is “New Era, New Horizon, New Frontier Higher Education in Asia Pacific”, which enables institution representative to share their experience on higher education development and trends. The program includes pre-conference workshops, exhibitions, keynotes, oral presentations, and poster presentations. The presentations consist of 6 sub-themes, including Globalization Trends and Corresponding Strategies, Student Mobility and Support Services, International Research Collaboration, Benchmarking and Assessment of Higher Education, Digital Media Innovations in International Higher Education, and Regional Report.

Besides the conference and exhibition, APAIE 2017 has also organized complementary campus tours for participants to visit Taiwan’s renowned universities and engage in direct discussion with the school. The campus tours include the following universities: National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung Medical University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Cheng University, National Chung Hsing University, National Tsing Hua University, and National Chiao Tung University. The unique campus sceneries, expertise, and education styles of the various universities will provide diverse exchange experience to the participants and leave strong impressions of Taiwan’s higher education.

NSYSU Office of International Affairs emphasized that hosting APAIE in Taiwan allows local higher education institutions to participate in international interaction with the lowest cost. The interactions provide opportunities to form international alliances and to learn from others’ international experience, which supported connections and collaborations among institutions. APAIE can also provide chances to promote Taiwan’s education development and higher education achievements to other countries.

NSYSU is one of the founding members of APAIE and the only Taiwan representative in the APAIE committee. APAIE 2017 is the second time that Taiwan hosted the APAIE conference and exhibition. Since the APAIE debuted in Taiwan in 2011 at Taipei, the scale of the event has multiplied. The co-hosts of APAIE 2017 are NSYSU Alliance Universities, including Kaohsiung Medical University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Hsing University, and National Chung Cheng University.

APAIE was founded in 2005 at Korea University, with founding members comprising renowned universities from 13 regions, including Japan, U.S., Australia, Taiwan, and China. APAIE is listed as one of the three top global annual educational conference and exhibition events, among National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA: Association of International Educators) and European Association for International Education (EAIE). The purpose of APAIE is to promote international collaboration in higher education and to provide a platform for interaction and learning for international exchanges.
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