National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST)
Not Just a Contract Paper-International Collaboration between NKUST, Taiwan and FHWS, Germany
- Students exchange activities and short-term studies
- Teacher exchange and cooperation activities
- DAAD Erasmus+ KA107 Funding 2019-2022, FHWS
On Feb. 1st, 2018, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Science, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology and National Kaohsiung Marine University are merged and have become National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST), the largest TVET university in Taiwan. NKUST delicates to pressing ahead with international cooperation worldwide since the merger. In addition to develop more collaborative opportunities, NKUST also deeps and widens the collaboration in real terms for the existent contracts, making the contract more than a piece of paper in the folder.
Since 2010, NKUST has collaborated with University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), a German university which ranked 159 in 2019 world university ranking We’ve signed memorandum on students exchange in the fields of computer science and international management in 2010 and 2019, and this is just a beginning of the collaboration. Moreover, both sides aim to expand mobility activities regarding all university members: students, lecturers, employees and various formats: short-term programs, physical and virtual mobility
1. Students Exchange Activities and Short-term Studies
(1) Students Exchange
There are 96 NKUST students join the students exchange program of FHWS from 2011 to 2019. S since 2014, there are 38 FHWS students come to the NKUST for the student exchange programs. FHWS is one of the most popular university exchange choices of NKUST students.
(2) Short-term Studies – Summer Camp
In order to introduce Taiwanese culture and NKUST to FHWS students, we have organized a summer camp “2020 Summer Camp: Experience Taiwan with NKUST” in Aug. 2020. We hope to help the FHWS students to know NKUST better through this camp. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the camp has to be postponed, but we hope to restart it soon.
(3) Bachelor Study Program on Robotics
NKUST is going to take the curriculum developed for the program on Robotics at FHWS as a point of reference for our own curriculum, so that the process of harmonization of curricula would work efficiently (with the long-term objective of double degrees)
(4) Laboratory Cooperation
By sharing the laboratory resources with each other, the College of Management of NKUST is cooperate with the Faculty of Business and Engineering in Logistics of FHWS to enhance student’s research abilities.
2. Teacher Exchange and Cooperation Activities
(1) Project Cooperation
In addition to student exchange, NKUST and FHWS also design various common projects. From Nov. 2018 to Mar. 2019, the Department of Information Management, NKUST and the Faculty of Information Management, FHWS had developed together a project “Gateway to Taiwan”. The students from both sides have participated in the project through physical and virtual mobility. Furthermore, teachers from both universities also visit the International Week activities each year for teaching supports and exchange.
(2) Oversea Workshop for Teachers
FHWS is planning to send its new-come teachers to workshops in NKUST for two weeks, in order to help new teachers to get close to international issues, and increase the collaboration between FHWS and NKUST. Although the project has to be postponed due to COVID-19, we expect to restart it in the near future.
3. DAAD Erasmus+ KA107 Funding 2019-2022, FHWS
FHWS has been rewarded with the DAAD Erasmus+ KA107 funding 2019-2022, and they plan to develop and increase the partnerships with NKUST regarding mobility with students, teachers and staff members. With this funding, FHWS will send 4 teachers and 1 administration staff to visit NKUST and NKUST will send 4 teachers and 2 administration staffs to FHWS.
By running collaborative projects above continuously, we both hope we can have more in-depth collaboration. NKUST will strive for upgrading our international ability and wish to become “The internationalization model of TVET University in Taiwan”.