Led by Dr. Flora Chia-I Chang, Chairperson of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and President of Tamkang University, five universities of Taiwan attended the Korean Association of International Educators (KAIE) at Lotte Hotel Jeju, Seogwipo, Jeju, Republic of Korea from February 12 to 14, 2013. The conference theme this year is “Inspiration and Perspiration for International Education.” The participating universities from Taiwan include Tamkang University, Ming Chuan University, Soochow University, Taipei Medical University and Chinese Culture University.
During the conference, Professor Flora Chia-I Chang gave a presentation titled “International Collaboration Strategy of Higher Education in Taiwan.” The presentation started with the global impact that the international higher education is facing and then followed by the introduction to Taiwan’s higher education, government’s strategy on higher education and the major goal and tasks of FICHET. Professor Chang also mentioned the key factors that Taiwan possessed to offer all international students, which are “friendly and warm people,” “diversity,” “convenience,” “safety,” “democracy,” and “reasonable tuition.” In addition, Taiwan has one session titled “Hot Issues on International Education in Taiwan,” which include the topics concerning joint research and courses, medical internship, joint clinical trials, joint degree programs, dual degree programs, 16-week foreign land professional internship, career guidance, Mandarin learning programs / MOOCs (Digital learning), industry-academic joint programs, international accreditation / overseas campus, one semester/ year foreign language study abroad programs, exchange students, staff, and faculty and short-term programs.
The participating institutions of the conference include 72 Korean universities and delegates from America, Japan, Australia, and Hong Kong. The conference not only provides a platform for participants to learn from Korean universities on their ways of organizing different trainings for international affairs staff but also gives a good opportunity to exchange ideas, establish substantial collaboration and bond the partnerships.