Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang led a student and faculty delegation to Japan to take part in the city of Tsukuba's Taiwan Culture Week and the University of Tsukuba's 7th Tsukuba Global Science Week from September 16 to September 20.
NTU and University of Tsukuba initiated their partnership with such cooperation programs as student exchanges in 2007. In 2014, the two universities teamed up for the Campus in Campus project, UT's plan to create trans-border virtual campuses, and established liaison offices on each other's campuses. Such close cooperation has made UT one of NTU's primary international partners.
The opening ceremony for Taiwan Culture Week drew the attendance of such honored guests as Representative Frank Hsieh and Deputy Representative Chung-Shi Kuo of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, UT President Kyosuke Nagata, UT Vice President Caroline Benton, and President Hua-Wei Lin of National Taiwan University of Sport, who also serves as head of the UT Taiwanese Alumni Association.
During the ceremony, College of Medicine student Chin Yeh performed a recital of Taiwanese music. Vice President Chang also expressed NTU's gratitude to Tsukuba City and UT and presented attendees with cups of organic Dongding oolong tea cultivated by the College of Bioresources and Agriculture. Among the events taking place as part of the culture week were screenings of Taiwanese films and documentaries, introductions to Taiwanese puppet theater, and speeches delivered in the Taiwanese language Hokkien.
Around 20 NTU students and faculty members participated in UT's Global Science Week, serving as moderators and presenting research achievements. Among them were such high-level figures as Associate Dean Tsai-Kun Li of the College of Medicine, Associate Dean Hsinyu Lee of the College of Life Science, Associate Dean Chang-Chuan Chan of the College of Public Health, and Director Ming-Ju Chen of the College of Bioresources and Agriculture. The science fair achieved the highest number of participants in its seven year history, with more than 1,500 students and faculty members from 37 universities in 17 countries taking part.
During the week, representatives of NTU, UT, and France's University of Bordeaux, another partner in the Campus in Campus project, met to discuss trilateral joint Master's degree programs, inter-campus courses, faculty and administrative staff exchanges, and joint research projects.