財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會將於5月25日至29日與國內19所公私立大專院校聯合參加於美國麻州波士頓會展中心(Boston Convention & Exhibition Center）舉辦之第67屆美洲教育者年會（NAFSA, Association of International Educators）。今年度會議之主題為「New Horizons 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10,000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，另有1場講座（Session）發表，期能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。
美洲高等教育機構與臺灣之交流103學年度共約有之6,151人，其中學位生2,289人約占37%，非學位生3,862人約占63%。學位生來臺就學者多以「商業及管理」、「工程」、「社會及行為科學」為主要修讀領域，非學位生則以華語生為大宗；因此，臺灣院校在今年的年會，將主打商管、工程及社會科學等雙聯及雙學位課程，而針對非學位生，將著力於交換學生、華語及短期學分課程。除此之外，近年來「Study in Taiwan」品牌逐漸吸引國際學生的目光，除了臺灣優質的高等教育外，豐富多元的友善文化與安全便利的生活環境，亦是外籍學生決定前來臺灣留學的因素之一，藉由參與海外教育者年會，發揚「Study in Taiwan」所具備的優勢，期以「充足獎學金、高品質教育、多元文化、友善環境」提昇臺灣高等教育國際知名度、吸引更多優秀外籍學生來臺就學及強化與美洲高教機構之合作。
The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan and 19 higher education institutions participate in the 67th NAFSA, Association of International Educators
The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and 19 higher education institutions will participate in the 67th NAFSA, Association of International Educators at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, MA, U.S.A. from May 25th to 29th. The theme for this year’s conference is “New Horizons 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 opportunities for 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 the Ministry of Education and FICHET, there are over 40 representatives from Taiwan attending the conference, and most of the representatives are the deans and directors of international affairs offices in universities. In addition to the “Study in Taiwan” pavilion, Taiwan has one session titled “How National Policies on Internationalization Influence Institutional Policies”. Comparing different cases in four countries, this session will discuss how national policies on internationalization may influence institutional policies, and how institutions can respond to these national policies. In addition, Taiwan booth will hold the “Happy Hour” activity during the conference, providing a platform to interact with friends and colleagues from around the world while tasting traditional Taiwanese snacks.
After promoting “Study in Taiwan” in NAFSA for several years, “Study in Taiwan” are gradually known to many higher education institutions in the United States. The collaboration and interactions have been increasingly active. The student number in 2014 is 6,151 and the major subject fields for degree students are Business and Management, Engineering and Social Science. 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 U.S..