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2016.0505

Credit Programs for NTU Triangle Alliance Students

National Taiwan University (NTU), National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) are three geologically related institutes of higher education, each with its own academic focus. In order to best integrate their resources, the three universities have together established the “NTU Triangle Alliance”, with a principle of equality and mutual benefit. In addition to the courses available to students of the three universities, partial spots from the credit programs will be provided since next semester. 
Dean of Academic Affairs, Chao-Chen Chen said that the three universities are specialized in different subjects. This is a great opportunity for all students to learn in other schools and broaden their horizon. NTNU will provide 310 spots in 23 credit programs to NTU and NTUST.
The Center of General Education of NTNU held an expo of the credit programs in late April, inviting some administration offices to set up booths and hoping that student can gain cross-disciplinary skills through these programs. NTNU started these programs 6 years ago and in this September, there will be 30 credit programs available. Two new programs are added this year, that is, the children bilingual education credit program and indigenous cultural education.
The College of Liberal Arts of NTNU is in charge of the indigenous cultural education credit program. With this program, students with indigenous background can know how to teach the indigenous related culture or knowledge in a professional manner. This is the first indigenous education in universities in Taiwan. 
In respond to the increasing need of children bilingual education in the world, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies team up with English Department and the Applied Chinese Language and Culture to prepare for the children bilingual education credit program. The focus will be the children education method with the help of cross cultural communication.