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NTNU strengthens education cooperation with University of Maryland and other US partners

As the relationship between Taiwan and the United States continues to grow, President Cheng-Chih Wu led a delegation to the United States in August to facilitate the cooperation between NTNU and sister universities in the States. On August 10, NTNU signed the renewed MOU and the Taiwan Huayu BEST Program partnership with the University of Maryland. Later, the delegation visited UCLA and the University of Texas at Austin as well as attended 7 alumni gatherings in different parts of the United States to bond with oversea alumni associations.

In line with the global Chinese language learning marketing of the Taiwan government, National Taiwan Normal University has started Taiwan BEST Huayu program partnership with five renowned American universities. The meeting of President Wu and President Darryll J. Pines of the University of Maryland is a proof of strengthening international academic cooperation since the establishment of sister schools in 2010 and the exchange programs of students and teachers.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Representative Robin J. C. Cheng of the TECRO, Education Division Director Dr. Aaron Chen, Dean Stephanie Shonekan of the College of Arts and Humanities, Associate Director Lindsay Yotsukura of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Associate Director Joseph Scholten of the Office of International Affairs of UMD. The two universities jointly promote Chinese language and Taiwanese culture to the world and invite American college students to come to Taiwan to learn Chinese and teach English. The two-way interaction is a bridge to international education.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of National Taiwan Normal University. To express gratitude to overseas alumni for their support, the team also met with 7 alumni associations including Washington, New York, Boston, Houston, San Diego, Southern California, and Northern California as an opportunity to bond with alumni and listen to their expectation of the future of NTNU.

In order to achieve the vision of becoming a top university in Asia and internationally, National Taiwan Normal University lists 'internationalization', 'industry connection', and 'alumni network' as the three main pillars of our development plan. The prospect of this visit to the United States is to deepen the international academic cooperation and the bonding of alumni for them to be a strong support of NTNU’s development.