The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and 20 higher education institutions will participate in the 65th NAFSA, Association of International educators at the America’s Center, St. Louise, MO, USA from May 27th to 31st. The theme for this year’s conference is “Ideals and Impact in International Education”. 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 opportunity of 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 Ministry of Education and FICHET, there are over 40 representatives from 19 higher education institutes attending the conference, and most of the representatives are the deans of international affairs. In addition to the meetings with foreign educators, Taiwan booth will also hold the “Happy Hour” activity during the conference, giving away exquisite gifts offered by universities of Taiwan.
The collaboration and interactions between higher education institutions in the United States and Taiwan have been increasingly active. The average growth rate of Mandarin learning students, degree students and exchange students from the US is around 6% in the past five years. The student number in 2012 is 5,388. In addition to Mandarin learning, the major subject fields for degree students are Business and Management, Engineering and Humanities. Therefore, 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 US.
To increase the interactions and collaboration opportunities between the representatives of Taiwan and local scholars, a dinner banquet is held at Mandarin House on May 29th by the Ministry of Education. The event offers perfect opportunities for universities of Taiwan to discuss collaboration opportunities with their partner universities.