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2015.0424

NTNU and Tokyo University of the Arts Sign Academic Exchange Agreement

NTNU College of Arts and Tokyo University of the Arts’ College of Fine Arts signed an academic exchange agreement on April 24th. Through mutual cooperation, the two schools hope to promote the development of the arts in East Asia and broaden the perspectives of students and faculty by offering them more resources.

NTNU President Kuo-en Chang stated that international students from more than 80 countries are studying at NTNU. Three-hundred of these students come from Japan, making Japan one of the countries with the most students at NTNU. NTNU also has more than 50 students participating in student exchange programs in Japan. Clearly, a great deal of exchange exists between our two countries.

The director of Tokyo University of the Arts’ College of Fine Arts, Toyomi Hoshina, pointed out that both universities have long histories, and that both schools greatly emphasize artistic creation. After learning that NTNU had established a conservation center during a previous inter-university visit, Tokyo University of the Arts decided to pursue a related agreement as soon as possible. With enhanced exchange, the two universities can work together to protect cultural heritage.

The director of the NTNU College of Arts, Chin-lung Huang, mentioned that Tokyo University of the Arts is Japan’s top art university. NTNU was the first university in Taiwan to establish a college of fine arts. Both schools have cultivated many fine scholars and artists. Huang hopes that after signing a letter of agreement, a memorandum of understanding and a student exchange plan, the two universities can begin to engage in substantial exchange. He also hopes that the two universities can achieve even greater success in the area of academic research, develop new perspectives and create new paths.

President Chang went on to state that NTNU and Tokyo University of the Arts will start by cooperating in the area of fine arts. Through student exchanges, cooperation between faculty members, and so on, the two universities look forward to establishing an even closer relationship. With mutual interaction and assistance, the two schools will continue to develop artistic culture in East Asia and contribute greatly to cultural conservation in Taiwan.