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Engineering Professors Visit Kuwait University in Search of Common Research Interests

Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang and Director for Global Alliances Linda Chang of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) accompanied a delegation of professors from the College of Engineering on an official visit to Kuwait University during December 10-13. This was the fourth time an NTU delegation had visited the campus of Kuwait University since the two universities formally established a partnership in 2011.

The main purpose of the NTU delegation’s visit was to promote cooperation on academic research. The partners hope to create a new model for international research by integrating the strengths of NTU’s outstanding faculty and deep research capacity with the development strategies and needs of Kuwait University. The partners plan to jointly submit collaborative research projects to the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) to obtain research funding.

The delegation attended a chemical engineering symposium organized especially for their visit by Dr. Bader Al-Anzi and Dr. Fawaz Al-Anzi of the Kuwait University College of Engineering and Petroleum. The symposium provided an opportunity for the faculty members of the two universities to discuss in person areas of chemical engineering in which they share common research interests.

Dr. Bader Al-Anzi is Kuwait University’s convener in charge of academic cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His organization of the matchmaking research symposium laid a solid foundation for subsequent research cooperation between the two universities.

The College of Engineering’s delegation included Profs. Bin-Juine Huang, Jyh-Ping Hsu, Chung-Hsin Lu, Kuo-Lun Tung, and Chia-Wen Wu.

The two universities have held multiple exchanges over the years. Kuwait University has sent a total of 50 members of its administrative staff in three separate trips to NTU to observe NTU’s administrative staff in action and attend administrative workshops.

The OIA and the Office of Student Affairs have led two delegations of NTU students to Kuwait University to take part in exchanges. Moreover, in April of 2016, the then NTU Executive Vice President for Academics and Research Liang-Gee Chen led a delegation to Kuwait University. During that trip, former Executive Vice President Chen visited KFAS and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research to gain a better understanding of Kuwait’s research organizations and strategies for international cooperation.

Besides the exchanges in chemical engineering that were discussed on the latest visit to Kuwait, the NTU College of Management and the Kuwait University College of Business Administration recently signed a college-level cooperation agreement.