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NTNU AERA Reception in Philadelphia Draws Over 100 Attendees

Over 100 distinguished scholars and alumni from around the globe attended the NTNU Reception on April 12, hosted at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown during the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference to foster international dialogue and expand educational partnerships.

Welcoming guests at the reception, NTNU's Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Meihui Liu, Dean Hsiu-Lan Tien of the College of Education, and Dean Chin-Chung Tsai of the School of Learning Informatics spoke briefly to give an overview of NTNU's prominent rankings and contributions to the field of education and learning sciences. Notable attendees included Professor Hsiao-Lan Chen and Distinguished Professor Nai-Ying Whang from the Department of Education, and Professor Meng-Jung Tsai from the Program of Learning Sciences. The event attracted approximately 150 distinguished guests, including alumni, international scholars, and prospective collaborators, who engaged actively, exchanging ideas and exploring potential academic partnerships.

NTNU was represented at the 2023 AERA Annual Conference in Chicago by a delegation led by NTNU Vice President Yao-Ting Sung. The NTNU AERA Reception last year resulted in the creation of the 'International Collaboration for Academic and Research Excellence (ICARE),' a platform to support research and professional development among young scholars, spearheaded by Dean Tsai and Director Chen Peiying of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation. Members of ICARE were invited to attend the NTNU AERA Reception this year.

During the AERA Conference, NTNU deans Hsiu-Lan Tien and Chin-Chung Tsai represented NTNU at numerous international receptions organized by the National Institute of Education Singapore, The Education University of Hong Kong, and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. These interactions underline the strong bonds between NTNU and its sister institutions and their shared commitment to enhancing educational practices and opportunities globally.

The collaborative efforts were particularly evident in discussions between Dean Tien and international counterparts, including Dean Y. Barry Chung of San Diego State University and Kimberly A. Lawless of Penn State, which explored potential dual degree programs to boost student mobility and international exposure.

The NTNU Reception at the AERA conference not only served to reinforce the university’s international partnerships, but also significantly enhanced NTNU’s visibility and influence in the global educational community, supporting its mission to develop a robust international alumni network and strengthen interdisciplinary academic excellence.