Dec. 10, 2013 10:16 UTC

United States' New England Legislative Delegation Visits Taiwan’s NCKU

TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A 15-member delegation of legislative leaders from the New England region of the United States led by Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Mark Eves visited National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, December 9, to learn about the similarities and differences between two countries in terms of culture and economy, and university system.

NCKU Vice President Chih-Chin Ho welcomed the delegation and introduced them to the university. He said, “NCKU is the largest university in the south of Taiwan and one of the country’s top two comprehensive universities, which has approximately 22,000 students in 9 colleges.”

“Additionally, many surveys throughout the years have shown that NCKU’s students are most appreciated by Taiwanese companies,” Ho revealed.

“One of the remarkable features of the NCKU College of Social Science is that we develop soft power to facilitate the growth of the university’s engineering education and medical school,” according to Ho who also serves as Dean of College of Social Science.

“We hope that we can produce future presidents, ministers and legislative leaders through the practice of social science,” Ho added.

Eves said, “This visit provides us with an opportunity to see your country, culture, education and how your economy works, and we would like to see if there’s more opportunities for our students to come and go.”

New Hampshire House of Representative Shannon E. Chandley noted, “For me, the visit generates a lot of ideas that we may work together to educate students in Taiwan and in the states, particularly the universities in our state of Hampshire.”

She also said, “Online-learning is a fascinating idea that we can follow through on, I think it would be very beneficial to the students of different countries to share ideas.”

“We have to be much more creative about that because it’s not just a 4-year degree, there’s other ways to educate post-high school,” Chandley added.

Chandley also expressed her interests in the intention of Taiwan’s universities to pursue the education that enables people to be creative which she thinks is very important.

She said, “One of the things that strikes me is that nearly 90 percentage of the students from Taiwan pursue higher education after their K-12 education.”


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Source: National Cheng Kung University