National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Fulbright Taiwan established a CSAT MoU on January 13, pledging to join hands in promoting student mobility from the United States to NCKU, one of the top universities in Taiwan. This agreement was signed by President Huey-Jen Su of NCKU and Dr. Randall Nadeau, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, in the presence of Fulbright scholars and important NCKU administrators in Tainan, the cultural capital of Taiwan and location of NCKU.
Through the work of the CSAT, which stands for the Consortium for Study Abroad in Taiwan, launched by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Fulbright Taiwan, with the support of the Ministry of Education, more students from a variety of American colleges will be able to come to visit and study at NCKU on short-term programs. These programs will be in the form of semester exchange or intensive courses in summer for learning Chinese, academic subjects, or hands-on projects. The students will also learn about Taiwan’s culture at the same time, which will increase mutual understanding and cultural diversity in and around the NCKU campuses, and facilitate the future development of bilateral cooperation opportunities in the higher education of Taiwan-U.S.
NCKU Signs CSAT Agreement to Further Taiwan-U.S. Efforts on International Mobility in Higher Education
President Su expressed her appreciation to the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, Fulbright Taiwan for their dedicated efforts in strengthening the bilateral academic and educational exchanges between Taiwan and the United States for the past 50 plus years. President Su reaffirmed with Dr. Nadeau that NCKU would continue to honor their commitments to work with the Foundation on scholar exchange and grants for degree students in Creative Industries Design and Energy Engineering, and to now add the short-term programs for American college students to study at NCKU with the CSAT in place.
Dr. Nadeau explained that the CSAT aims to provide the more flexible option of short-term programs on a wider range of content for American students to come to Taiwan to experience the education and culture in person, which would be extremely valuable to these young people, who are looking forward to exploring the world. At the same time, Taiwanese students will have more opportunities to communicate with American students and mingle with people from different social and educational backgrounds.
President Su presented NCKU souvenir to Dr. Nadeau
Dr. Nadeau has served as a visiting professor in the History Department of the National Cheng Kung University in 2011, and as a senior Fulbright scholar visiting Taiwan in 2014. He is also the founding dean of the International College of Tunghai University and presided over several study abroad programs across Asia and the Pacific.
Today’s signing ceremony was delivered and witnessed in the presence of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Prof. Chen Yuh-Neu, Deputy Dean of the College of Liberal Arts/Director of the Chinese Language Center, Prof. Kao Shin-Mei, Vice President for International Affairs, Prof. Hsiao-Wen Wang, Assoc. Vice President for International Affairs, Prof. Ricky Chuang, Assoc. Vice President for International Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Yueh-Heng Li, Director of the Institute of Creative Industries Design, Prof. Shyhnan Liou, Director of the International Master Program on Energy Engineering, Prof. Tzong-Shyng Leu, and three NCKU Fulbright scholars, namely Prof. Yi-Chi Chen (Economics), Assoc. Prof. Hsueh Wen Chow (Physical Education, Health & Leisure Studies), and Prof. Tsung-Hsueh Lu (Public Health), along with the staff members of NCKU’s International Student Affairs and International Relations Divisions.
The CSAT aims to provide for American students to come to Taiwan to experience the education and culture in person
At present, the Global Fulbright project has produced 60 Nobel Prize winners, 86 Pulitzer Prize winners, 75 MacArthur Prize winners, and 37 heads of state of different countries, and awarded more than 2,000 academic professionals on academic research and cultural exchanges in Taiwan and the United States. The substantive exchange between the National Cheng Kung University and the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange began in the 1960s. So far, a total of 21 American Fulbright scholars have visited NCKU and 41 NCKU Fulbright scholars have visited the United States. In addition to the scholar exchange between Taiwan and the United States, the NCKU Fulbright Scholarship Program was launched in 2014 to provide scholarships for outstanding American students to study at NCKU in the fields of Creative Industries Design and Energy Engineering for a master’s degree.