The Office of International Affairs (OIA) welcomed more than 70 official representatives of NTU partner universities from all corners of the world to Partner Day 2017: Now To U@NTU on March 17. The event was organized to strengthen existing partnerships and promote substantive international cooperation, and marked the first time the university had assembled such a large gathering of its partners on the NTU campus. Representatives from 35 universities in 16 countries, including presidents, vice presidents, and directors of international affairs, took part in the event.
Among the participating universities were Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, University of Hamburg, University of Paris-Sud, University of Bordeaux, Radboud University, University of Helsinki, University of Sydney, University of California, San Diego, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Osaka University, Seoul National University, National University of Singapore, and Mahidol University.
President Udom Kachintorn of Thailand's Mahidol University led a 17-member delegation to attend the event, while Seoul National University was represented by a vice president. The participation of these high-level officials demonstrates the importance NTU's international partners placed on taking part in the event.
Partner Day commenced with Vice President for International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang delivering welcoming remarks. Next, the OIA's division directors presented briefings covering the office's actions in the areas of campus internationalization, strategic partnerships, study abroad programs, Plus Academy programs, and international student services. Deputy Vice President for Academic Affairs Shih-Chung Kang also introduced the NTU International College and International Bachelor's Degree program.
The visiting representatives experienced the campus' energy for innovation while touring the Stanley Wang D-School@NTU and learning about the campus life of international students on a visit to student dorms.
Partner Day centered on two symposiums that provided ample opportunities for the university representatives to interact with each other, share their international affairs experience, and discuss their new initiatives. The symposiums aimed to address issues of higher education under the themes "Evolving Roles of 'International Offices' in Light of Building Sustainable Campus Internationalization" and "Exploring New Frontiers of Internationalization: Sharing Innovative Programs."
Topics discussed during group discussions included approaches for improving international student services, ways to enhance communications between academic and administrative units in a university, and the establishment of overseas university branches.
Partner Day served as a networking platform and provided opportunities for developing cooperation plans. The event also enabled NTU's College of Liberal Arts, College of Social Sciences, College of Medicine, College of Management, College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Life Science, and European Union Centre in Taiwan to strengthen cooperation programs with their international partners.
NTU was also joined by many of its partner universities in participating in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Association of International Education Conference in Kaohsiung from March 20 to 23.