The Office of International Affairs hosted the Welcome Reception for International Scholars at the Gallery of NTU History on December 15. The event was organized by the OIA to show NTU’s appreciation to the growing number of international scholars as well asto give them a chance to meet each other and local colleagues in a relaxed setting. Moreover, as the first major event to be held at the university’s history museum since it reopened following renovation, the reception allowed the new members of the NTU community to learn about their new campus’s fascinating history.
The two-hour reception attracted more than 150 participants from 20 countries, including Brazil, Cameroon, China, France, India, Iran, Japan, and the United States. The mix of international scholars included professors, visiting scholars, postdoctoral researchers, as well as graduate and undergraduate students. International scholars are working in all of NTU’s 11 colleges, however most of them are concentrated in the College of Science.
President Pan-Chyr Yang attended the reception to personally express his gratitude to the distinguished scholars for choosing to pursue their work at NTU, telling them, “In this supportive environment, we invite you to take this opportunity to interact with scholars from different backgrounds and areas of expertise. The possibilities in this dynamic community are limitless.”
Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang also extended her welcome to the international scholars, declaring, “We sincerely hope that this year’s international event will stir lively conversations and the exchange of ideas, and provide the right atmosphere to mingle and get to know each other.”
Besides mingling and getting to know each other, the reception guests were treated to some amusing mixer activities, such asa special photo time as well as an interactive activity to help the visitors learn about Taiwan’s history and several popular tourist spots in Taipei.
As NTU strives to promote the internationalization of its campus, it is already reaping benefits from the increasing number of foreign scholars and students in a wide range of fields.