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2016.0404

NTNU Teams up with UBC for Academic Leadership Development Program

NTNU signed an MOU of Academic Leadership Development Programs in Higher Education with the century old University of British Columbia on March 22nd. The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Blye Frank, signed the MOU with the Dean of College of Education. This program will first be carried out in NTNU this August. A series of motivating activities and courses which prepares and supports academic leaders in their roles will be included for the heads of University offices
It’s hoped that other universities in Taiwan or even other Asian universities will be interested to held similar actives.
This signing ceremony was led by Vice President of NTNU, Wu Cheng Chih, Senior Advisor to the Provost and Vice President Academic, Dr. Anna Kindler, Associate Dean of College of Education Pu Hsiao Ieh, Chairman of the Department of Educational Phycology and Counseling, Chen Hsueh Chih, the Chairman of the Department of Adult & Continuing Education, Chang Te Yung, and the Chairperson of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Chang Chien Ju all came to join this press conference. 
Professor Blye Frank stated that it’s crucial for universities to find right leaders. There are methods for them to sharpen their administration skills and keep the school in a competitive situation. This collaboration between NTNU and UBC is a good opportunity for us to learn from them and they will plan a customized course for NTNU.  
Dr. Anna Kindler, who is instrumental in establishing and implementing at UBC the Academic Leadership Development Program Academic Leadership Development Program, is now at NTNU as a visiting Chair Professor. She has started to plan and design for the program with NTNU team. Later, NTNU will also invite UBC members that are responsible for the program to design the suitable Academic Leadership Development Program for Taiwan and Asia. We will write the International Academic Cooperation Program together and ask for funds from Taiwan and Canada governments. 

By signing this MOU, the two universities are more united. We started a new trend of collaboration of leadership development programs in higher education. The heads of departments of NTNU will benefit from strengthening their leadership skills. Other universities of Taiwan or other Asian universities will take on similar steps and cultivate more leaders in the academic field.