National Taiwan Normal University
NTNU and Kyushu University’s Collaboration Development Fund
- National Taiwan Normal University and Kyushu University, NTNU's sister school and strategic partner, established the Collaboration Development Fund in 2019 to strengthen collaborative efforts between the two schools in terms of academic research and curriculum implementation. Due to the positive response from the inaugural run of the program, the schools conducted another call for proposals for the Collaboration Development Fund in 2020 and received 15 submissions, which were reviewed by a panel comprising representatives from both schools. After the review, a total of 7 projects were selected to receive the research grant.
- The Collaboration Development Fund established by NTNU and Kyushu University is a research program promoting collaboration between faculty members. Under this program, faculty members from the two schools can jointly propose academic research projects. Selected projects will receive grants from their respective schools, the amount of which will be matched in both universities. Due to the large number of submissions received this year, the quote for projects receiving the grant has been raised from 5 to 7. These projects cover diverse research fields, including chemistry, life sciences, science education, physics, Taiwanese languages and literature, and geography.
The close collaborative ties between NTNU and Kyushu University can be traced back to the beginning of 2015, when NTNU’s Department of Chemistry, under the College of Science, chose the Department of Chemistry of Kyushu University to be its academic benchmark. In 2016, Nikky Lin, Chairman of the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature, launched a three-year Kyushu Taiwan Studies Program at Kyushu University. In 2017, NTNU and Kyushu University signed an agreement on academic collaboration between the colleges of science, engineering, pharmacy, and the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering. On top of that, the NTNU College of Education worked with Kyushu University to jointly present a course titled Issue in Research into Comparative Education: Constructing Identity and Otherness in Education taught fully in English. During the academic conference organized by the two universities and held in Kyushu University in October 2018, President Kubo and President Wu represented their respective schools to sign a university-level MOU that promotes academic and student exchanges between the two schools. In May 2019, a forum with the theme Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research and Education was jointly organized by NTNU and Kyushu University and held in NTNU’s auditorium. The schools also took that opportunity to prepare to row out the Collaboration Development Fund. At the end of October 2018, Vice President Lee Chung Mou led a group of administrators on a visit to Kyushu University and widened the scope of collaboration between the two schools beyond academics. The partnership was broadened to also cover exchanges between the schools’ administrative systems as well as at the corporate level.