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NSYSU signs a letter of intent on collaboration with College of Education, Purdue University

(Provided by International Graduate Program of Education and Human Development, and Institute of Education) The Institute of Education and the International Graduate Program of Education and Human Development at National Sun Yat-sen University signed a letter of intent on international cooperation in education and research with the College of Education at Purdue University, USA. The cooperation includes the exchange of faculty, research scholars, and students, collaborative research and discovery, learning, teaching and engagement, and other mutually-agreed educational or research programs. The cooperation aims at improving the international academic influence of both institutions.

Director of the Institute of Education Hsueh-Hua Chuang said that Purdue University ranks 109th in the 2021 QS World University Ranking, and 88th in the World University Ranking 2020 by Times Higher Education. The letter of intent on international cooperation with the College of Education of Purdue University establishes a mutually beneficial cooperation model for the cultivation of professionals: reinforces the practical academic exchange and cooperation in education, and enhances the international outlook of the students and their international mobility.

NSYSU has closely cooperated with Purdue University. Professor of the College of Education at Purdue University Hua-Hua Chang, who was the chairperson of Psychometric Society in 2012-2013, and is the editor in chief of Applied Psychological Measurement and a fellow of American Educational Research Association, was invited to National Sun Yat-sen University as emeritus chair professor and advisor for the Assessment Research Center of the College of Social Sciences. Professor Hua-Hua Chang had previously come to NSYSU to give speeches: “From adaptive testing to adaptive learning” and “Constructing the equivalent testing by Bayesian approach”. To respond to recent trends, the topic of “literacy approach” was incorporated into the curriculum in 2019. Professor Hua-Hua Chang shared his reflections on education and testing practices in the USA, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Besides, Associate Professor Dr. Anne Traynor of the College of Education at Purdue University, who specializes in survey methods and application of statistical modeling in survey conduction, plans to come to NSYSU for one semester next year as a visiting professor. This will be an academic exchange opportunity for students and teachers.

Director Hsueh-Hua Chuang mentioned that the government is actively working towards the goal of developing Taiwan into a bilingual nation by 2030 and that the University is also promoting related measures to cultivate bilingual professionals with a global vision. There is an international co-learning group of the Institute of Education and the International Graduate Program of Education and Human Development, and the ratio of courses taught in English in the academic year 2020/2021 reaches nearly 50%. Although many international exchange programs were postponed because of the pandemic at the beginning of this year, the students were encouraged to broaden their horizons and gain a global vision by attending international digital self-study courses and international co-learning.

(Edited by Public Affairs Division)
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