「財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會」（FICHET）將於9月10日至13日與國內20所公私立大專院校聯合參加於土耳其伊斯坦堡Istanbul Congress Center舉辦之第25屆歐洲教育者年會（EAIE: European Association for International Education）。今年度會議之主題為「Weaving the future of global partnerships」，預估將有包括來自美洲、歐洲、亞洲、非洲等全球各地約4,000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 and 20 higher education institutions will participate in the 25th European Association for International Education (EAIE) at the Istanbul Congress Center, Turkey from September 10th to 13th. In addition to the “Study in Taiwan” pavilion, Taiwan has three sessions to further increase the international visibility of Taiwan’s higher education and the opportunity of international cooperation.
The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) has been leading Taiwan’s higher education institutions to participate in the EAIE conference for 6 years. This year, under the coordination of Ministry of Education and FICHET, there are over 40 representatives from Taiwan attending the conference, and most of the representatives are the Deans of International Offices from universities. The topics of Taiwan’s sessions this year include “The Uneven Path to a Joint Degree: How to Correctly Pave the Way”, “Preferred Study Abroad Destinations among East-Asian Students”, and “Sustainable Support Systems for International Students: an Asia-Pacific Example”. In addition, Taiwan booth will 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 Europe and Taiwan have been increasingly active. The average growth rate of Mandarin learning students, degree students and exchange students from Europe is around 11% in the past five years. The student number in 2012 is 4,277. In addition to Mandarin learning, the major subject fields for degree students are Business and Management, Engineering and Humanities. Therefore, in this year’s EAIE, 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 Europe.