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2014.0306

Visitors from University of Sydney Hope to Open up Further Opportunities for Cooperation

Dr. Michael Spence, from Australia's top university, the University of Sydney, recently led a group to Taiwan to better understand Taiwan's culture and discuss potential opportunities for cooperation. Accompanied by the section chief of the Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shih-hsu Hsu, the Australian group paid a visit to National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) on March 6th. NTNU President Kuo-en Chang welcomed them personally. During the visit, the two sides both shared their views about potential areas of cooperation and exchange between the University of Sydney and NTNU.

Dr. Spence was joined by two other representatives from the University of Sydney, including the director of the China Studies Centre, Kerry Brown, and the director of the International Office, Ms. Sandra Edith Meiras. President Chang of NTNU was joined by Vice President Cheng-chih Wu, dean of the College of Music, Shan-hua Chien, deputy dean of the Office of International Affairs, Yung-cheng Shen, division chief of the Mandarin Training Center, Miao-ling Hsieh, and Graduate Institute of Political Science professor Kuan-hsiung Wang in welcoming the Australian group.

Established in 1850, the University of Sydney was the first university in Australia. It was ranked 38th by the 2013-2014 QS World University Rankings. The University of Sydney is Australia's leading authority in both sinology and music studies. Three Nobel Prize winners, current Prime Minister Tony Abbott and cinematographer Christopher Doyle are among the University of Sydney's many renowned alumni.

Hopefully this visit will lead to further opportunities for cooperation and exchange within the fields of sinology, Mandarin language teaching, political science and music studies.