「財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會」（FICHET）將於5月27日至31日與國內20所公私立大專院校聯合參加於美國密蘇里州聖路易市America’s Center舉辦之第65屆美洲教育者年會（NAFSA, Association of International educators）。今年度會議之主題為「Ideals and Impact in International Education」，預估將有包括來自美洲、歐洲、亞洲、非洲等全球各地約8,500位從事高等教育國際合作之學校或機構代表參加。此次年會中臺灣以”Study in Taiwan”設置教育展攤位參展，期能吸引國際教育者，提昇臺灣高等教育之國際知名度，並進一步發展高等教育國際化之合作契機。
The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and 20 higher education institutions will participate in the 65th NAFSA, Association of International educators at the America’s Center, St. Louise, MO, USA from May 27th to 31st. The theme for this year’s conference is “Ideals and Impact in International Education”. By drawing together different cultures, nationalities, and professions within higher education, NAFSA has developed a platform for creating dynamic partnerships within higher education. We believe that the “Study in Taiwan” pavilion will increase the international visibility of Taiwan’s higher education and the opportunity of international cooperation.
In the past years, FICHET has been leading Taiwan’s higher education institutions to participate in the NAFSA conference. This year, under the coordination of Ministry of Education and FICHET, there are over 40 representatives from 19 higher education institutes attending the conference, and most of the representatives are the deans of international affairs. In addition to the meetings with foreign educators, Taiwan booth will also hold the “Happy Hour” activity during the conference, giving away exquisite gifts offered by universities of Taiwan.
The collaboration and interactions between higher education institutions in the United States and Taiwan have been increasingly active. The average growth rate of Mandarin learning students, degree students and exchange students from the US is around 6% in the past five years. The student number in 2012 is 5,388. In addition to Mandarin learning, the major subject fields for degree students are Business and Management, Engineering and Humanities. Therefore, in this year’s NAFSA, Taiwan’s higher education institutions offer joint/dual degree courses, high-level partnership establishment opportunities, exchange programs in teaching/research staffs and students, Mandarin Chinese programs and short-term programs with the advantage of “affordable scholarship, quality education, culture diversity and friendly environment” to attract more excellent international students to study in Taiwan and strengthen the cooperation with higher education institutions in the US.
To increase the interactions and collaboration opportunities between the representatives of Taiwan and local scholars, a dinner banquet is held at Mandarin House on May 29th by the Ministry of Education. The event offers perfect opportunities for universities of Taiwan to discuss collaboration opportunities with their partner universities.