The 2nd Taiwan-Maryland Higher Education Conference was held in Kauhsiung Medical University on June 24. With the aim of creating more collaboration opportunities for Taiwan and Maryland, the theme of this year’s conference is “Open up the Channels for Interacting Global and Cultural Experiences.” The participants included presidents, vice presidents and deans of international affairs from both countries.
The main advisor of the conference is Ministry of Education, Taiwan. Conference organizers include Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Joint organizers are Kaohsiung Medical University and National Sun Yat-sen University. The conference brought together 81 participants from 56 universities from both sides. The conference opened with the welcoming remarks from Dr. Pi-Twan Huang, Political Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, Dr. Gary G. Oba, Branch Chief, American Institute Taiwan, Kaohsiung Branch Office, Mr. Ian MacFarlane, Commissioner, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, Chairperson, Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan, Ms. Li Chiung Su, Deputy Secretary-General, Kaohsiung City Government and Dr. Ching-Kuan Liu, President, Kaohsiung Medical University. The keynote speeches were given by Dr. William C. Vocke, Executive Director, Foundation for Scholarly Exchange and Mr. Ian MacFarlane, Commissioner, Maryland Higher Education Commission in title of “Increasing American Students in Taiwan: The Challenges and Opportunities” and “The STEM Economy and Higher Education in Maryland.” The discussion topics include “Industry-academia Collaboration,” “Cross-border Education/Internship Successful Model,” and “Innovation and Entrepreneurial Learning for University Students.” During the conference, Kaohsiung Medical University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which was an important step for a concrete cooperation between the two institutions.
The delegations from Maryland also visited Tamkang University during their visit in Taiwan and were impressed by the Junior Year Abroad Program, and the Total Quality Management that TKU offered. In addition, the delegations were also impressed by the complete English learning environment that Lanyang campus offered.