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NSYSU has the largest number of Czech exchange students among universities in Taiwan


(Provided by Office of International Affairs) As last year Czech Senate President Miloš Vystrčil visited Taiwan, and recently, the R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) opened the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship for Czech students to come to study Chinese in Taiwan, the Taiwan-Czechia relations expanded. NSYSU is the first university in Taiwan to get the approval of MOFA to receive Czech students this spring semester and is also the university with the highest number of students from the Czech Republic. Seven exchange students were welcomed at the airport and arrived at the quarantine hotel safely through the assistance of the NSYSU staff. They attended an online orientation meeting during the quarantine period and went on a one-day tour around Kaohsiung after their self-health management period ended.

The 7 Czech exchange students at NSYSU came from partner universities – Czech Technical University and the University of Hradec Kralove. The students arrived in Taiwan on February 4 and were welcomed by a representative of the Office of International Affairs (OIA), who also assisted them through the process of COVID-19 testing. On February 26, Czech students finished their self-health management period and the OIA and student buddies helped them move into the Wuling International Dormitory. The OIA presented the students with apples and oranges and wished them a good and safe stay in Taiwan. Student buddies took the Czech students on a foodie trip to Yancheng District to try duck rice and shaved ice.

To help international students adapt to life in Taiwan, OIA organized a one-day guided tour around Kaohsiung on March 5th. A tour guide of Takao Renaissance Association took the students on a walk around the Sin Bin Old Street in Hamasen District and told them about the history, architecture, and culture surrounding the campus. Student ambassadors and buddies split into groups and took the Czech students on a light rail tour around the city, introducing them to the architecture of Asia New Bay Area, including the characteristic Kaohsiung Public Library, its green building concept, and Pier-2 Art Center – an artistic feature of the port city.

Tomas Novak, a student of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Martina Dubenova, a master student of the Department of Electrical Engineering mentioned that the food and shopping culture in Taiwan is very different from that of the Czech Republic. The students said that they were very lucky to come and experience Taiwan despite the pandemic. Jiri Stepanovsky, a Czech master student of Electrical Engineering tried Taiwanese bubble tea for the first time. He said that although he did not like the taste of tapioca pearls at first, he became to like it as he kept on drinking.

Vice President for International Affairs Dr. Chih-Wen Kuo said that many students suspended their plans to study abroad due to the pandemic, and he was happy to have the opportunity to welcome Czech students at NSYSU. He thanked MOFA, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, and the Senate of the Czech Republic for their assistance that allowed the students to quickly and safely arrive in Taiwan. The University wishes to take this opportunity to deepen the partnerships with its partners and fulfill students’ dreams of studying in Taiwan.

Seven excellent Chinese Language Centers: at National Sun Yat-sen University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chengchi University, National Tsing Hua University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Providence University, and Tunghai University were accredited by the Ministry of Education to receive a total of 50 Czech students awarded the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship.

(Edited by Public Affairs Division)
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