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2008.0223

Two European Universities Sign Deals With NTNU

<p><font face="Arial">By Sabrina Lin <br /> Campus Reporter with Office of International Affairs</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) signed two additional&nbsp;European counterparts during President Gou Yih-shun&rsquo;s (郭義雄) 12-day trip, which ended yesterday.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Under the academic deals with University or Rome and University of London&rsquo;s Royal Holloway, exchange student activities, professors&rsquo; interacting activities and research cooperation programs will be increased and expected in the near future.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Gou, accompanied by Office of International Affairs Dean Chuang Kun-liang (莊坤良), Graduate Institute of European Cultures and Tourism Director Lai Shou-cheng (賴守正) and several other professors, began his trip to the Europe on Feb. 10, to visit NTNU&rsquo;s alumni in the region and also seek for potential ally relationship with local universities and colleges.&nbsp; During this 12-day trip, Gou and his delegates visited nine universities in four different countries.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Chuang quoted Gou and said that the president was very surprised about the remarkable reputation of NTNU&rsquo;s Mandarin Training Center as most of European universities would recommend or refer their students to learn Mandarin at NTNU.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;In return, the president is also concerned that NTNU students do not have equal opportunities to develop their skills of foreign languages.&nbsp; It will also become a part of our future plans in terms of reforms,&rdquo; Chuang said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In the meantime, to encourage more NTNU students to study at the Paris 7 &ndash; Denis Diderot University, its President Guy Cousineau promised Gou during their meeting and said that the university will help reduce NTNU students&rsquo; burden in terms of expensive tuition fees.&nbsp; In return, Gou also promised Cousineau that a scholarship will be established for Paris 7 &ndash; Denis Diderot University students as well.&nbsp; In addition, Gou invited Cousineau to visit NTNU and its sister university &ndash; National Chiao Tung University &ndash; in the near future for conducting potential classes or sharing his experiences, now that Cousineau is a professional with expertise in information technology.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>