「財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會」於5月26日至30日與國內22所公私立大專院校聯合參加於美國加州聖地牙哥Convention Center舉辦之第66屆美洲教育者年會（NAFSA, Association of International educators）。今年度會議之主題為「Pathways to Global Competence」，預估將有包括來自美洲、歐洲、亞洲、非洲等全球各地約9,000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 (FICHET) and 22 higher education institutions are participating in the 66th NAFSA, Association of International educators at the Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA from May 26th to 30th. The theme for this year’s conference is “Pathways to Global Competence”. 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 22 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 5% in the past five years. The student number in 2013 is 5,157. 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 Harbor House on May 29th by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles. The event offers perfect opportunities for universities of Taiwan to discuss collaboration opportunities with their partner universities.