Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang led an NTU delegation to visit three universities in Japan from January 16–19.
The NTU delegates included Prof. Chung-Hsin Lu of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Taiwan Alumni Association Tony C. H. Lin (who is a consultant for Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law and an alumnus of the Department of Chemical Engineering), and the Office of International Affairs (OIA) Director for Global Alliances Linda Chang.
The delegation visited the University of Tokyo (UT), Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT), and Tokyo University of Science.
At the UT, the delegation was received by Executive Vice President Masashi Haneda, Prof. Hiroyuki Nakayama of the School of Veterinary Medicine, and Assistant to the President Associate Prof. Takeshi Haga.
As UT and NTU are both member universities of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU), Vice President Chang personally extended special invitations to the UT president and vice presidents to attend the annual presidents meetings of the APRU and AEARU to be held at NTU this year. Scheduled for June and November respectively, NTU will host the meetings in connection with its 90th anniversary celebration activities.
During the meeting, the two sides continued talks that began when Prof. Hiroyuki Nakayama visited the OIA last October. Both sides agreed that NTU would host the two universities’ third bilateral strategic partner university academic symposium in mid December this year. Emphasizing interdisciplinary research, the symposium will address urgent global issues, such as food safety, energy, and the environment. These are some of the core areas in which NTU has been cooperating with other strategic partner universities over the last four years.
Vice President Chang also suggested a compromise approach concerning exchange students. Students throughout NTU have actively sought opportunities to study at UT as exchange students, particularly students from colleges that cooperate closely with counterparts at UT, such as the College of Social Sciences, College of Bioresources and Agriculture, College of Life Science, and College of Medicine.
Chang stated the hope that UT would raise the number of NTU exchange students it accepts. As a way to balance the numbers of exchange students between the two universities, she encouraged UT students to study at NTU and take advantage of its short-term and laboratory courses.
At TIT, officials there expressed their deep interest in offering dual degrees and double degrees with NTU, and requested that NTU suggest potential cooperation models.
The delegation visited TIT’s School of Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, and School of Environment and Society, where they signed college-level student exchange agreements and discussed the possibility of setting up dual Bachelor’s degree programs with the NTU College of Engineering.