A 17-member delegation of NTU administrative executives, professors, and students traveled to Kuwait for a week of academic and cultural exchanges with their counterparts at Kuwait University in late November. The delegation, which arrived in Kuwait on November 21, was headed by Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang, Deputy Vice President for Student Affairs Cheryl Chia-Hui Chen, and Prof. Jyh-Ping Hsu of the Department of Chemical Engineering. NTU and KU have conducted a continuing series of reciprocal visits and exchanges since establishing their strategic partnership in 2011, and the delegation’s visit served to deepen this active cooperative relationship.
At the KU campus, the delegation met with KU President Hussain Al-Ansari and toured the College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Petroleum, College of Pharmacy, College of Medicine, and College of Computing Sciences and Engineering. It alsovisited the Deanship of Student Affairs and University Library.
The atmosphere at KU is relatively free among universities in the Middle East, and the NTU students were impressed by the enthusiasm and curiosity of the Kuwaiti students. Since Taiwan and Kuwait do not have diplomatic relations, the inter-institutional exchanges initiated between NTU and KU help to heighten Taiwan’s visibility in Kuwait and strengthen the friendship between the two countries.
Twelve NTU students representing departments from each of NTU’s 11 colleges traveled with the delegation.Besides participating in academic activities, the students were led by a delegation of KU students on a fascinating tour of local Islamic cultural sites, including Kuwait City’s Grand Mosque and the popular bazaar Souk Al-Mubarakiya.
The NTU students appreciated this rare chance to get a first-hand understanding of local customs and socio-economic conditions. More importantly, they enjoyed the companionship of their attentive Kuwaiti guides with whom they became good friends. The NTU students now anticipate a visit by a delegation of KU students to the NTU campus in March. They plan to host a hearty reception for their Kuwaiti friends in return for the exceptional treatment they experienced while in Kuwait.