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高教精英匯流美洲教育者年會,臺灣推高能見度

財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會與國內18所公私立大專院校聯合參與第68屆美洲教育者年會 

全球規模最大之教育者年會-美洲教育者年會(NAFSA),於5月31日於美國科羅拉多州丹佛登場,今(2016)年為第68屆年會,吸引來自美洲、歐洲、亞洲、非洲等全球各地超過10,000位從事高等教育國際合作之學校或機構代表聚集交流;此次年會中臺灣以「Study in Taiwan」設置教育展攤位參展,另有2場講座(Session)與1場海報講座(Poster Fair)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。

臺灣院校參與美洲教育者年會已行之有年,今年透過財團法人高等教育國際合作基金會之統籌,在蘇董事長慧貞的率團下,共計18所大專院校約44位代表共同參與。教育部由駐美代表處教育組劉組長慶仁與駐休士頓代表處教育組周組長慧宜代表參加,與國際教育友人分享教育部近年推動的幾項重要國際化策略。

今年度美洲教育者年會主題為「全球學習力之構建」(Building Capacity for Global Learning),除了邀請美國最知名的文化政治評論家David Brooks進行專題講座,大會也規劃了非常多的工作坊(workshop)、主題研討會(symposium & seminar)及講座(session)場次,提供與會人士以及各高等教育機構之國際專業人員學習與交流。臺灣代表對國際事務的嫻熟,加上流利的英文表達能力,成功為各校拓展了與國外大學之交流與合作空間。

美洲來臺境外學生2015年共約有7,144人,較前一年度成長了16%,其中學位生2,305人約占32%,非學位生4,839人約占68%。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;臺灣院校在今年的年會,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,則著力於交換學生、華語及短期實習計畫。近年來「Study in Taiwan」品牌已逐漸在國際高等教育市場推高能見度,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,亦是吸引國際教育機構與臺灣合作的因素之一;藉由參與海外教育者年會,發揚「Study in Taiwan」之優勢,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及強化與美洲高教機構之合作。

而為了進一步推廣2017年將於臺灣高雄由國立中山大學所主辦之亞太教育者年會,今年也特別舉辦了臺灣之夜(Taiwan Night)餐會,由所有參展校代表邀請其海外姐妹校共同參加,參與人數達120位。除了希望能廣邀更多國際教育友人前來臺灣參加2017年亞太教育者年會外,也透過餐會在輕鬆的氣氛下,加深雙方之瞭解,使能提升未來更多臺美學術交流及合作機會。

The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan and 18 higher education institutions participate in the 68th NAFSA, Association of International Educators

The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and 18 higher education institutions will participate in the 68th NAFSA, Association of International Educators at the Colorado Convention Center, CO, U.S.A. from May 31st to June 3rd. The theme for this year’s conference is “Building Capacity for Global Learning”. 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 two sessions and one poster fair. In addition, to promote 2017 APAIE conference, which will be held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan by National Sun Yat-sen University and to increase the interactions and collaboration opportunities between Taiwan and participating universities, the dinner banquet, Taiwan Night, is held on June 1st by National Sun Yat-sen University and FICHET at Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown. Universities of Taiwan invite their partner universities to attend the event where they can discuss collaboration opportunities and at the same time enjoy the performance at the banquet.

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 2015 is 7,144and 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..

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