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NTU Hosts 2006 UMAP Board Meeting and Biannual International Conference

    On October 12-14, 2006, the international organization University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP), held its Committee Meeting, Board Meeting, and Biannual International Conference at National Taiwan University (NTU).

    Taiwan is the UMAP host country for the 2005-2006 term, and NTU President, Dr. Si-Chen Lee, is serving as Chairman of UMAP. The NTU Center for International Academic Exchanges is the current UMAP International Secretariat, responsible for handling such key issues as expanding academic collaboration among UMAP members and enhancing international academic perspectives at universities and colleges in Taiwan.

the 2006 UMAP Biannual International Conference
NTU President Lee Si-chan (1st person, left) discussing important issues about international academic exchange with delegates from the other countries at the 2006 UMAP Biannual International Conference.

    More than 20 representatives from 10 different countries joined the International Conference. Dr. Mu-Lin LU, Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Education, gave the welcoming address. Dr. Chao-Shiuan LIU, President of Dong-Wu University and Chairman of the Association of Private Universities and Colleges, and I-Fan CHANG, President of Fu-Ying University of Technology and Chairman of the Association of Private Universities and Colleges of Technology both attended the conference in order consider ways to enhance the internationalization of national universities and colleges.

    Furthermore, the presidents of several prestigious universities, such as Dr. Ichiro Tanioka, president of Japan Osaka University of Commerce; Dr. Michael Witherell, vice president of UC Santa Babara, and Dr.Brian Stoddart, president of Australia La Trobe University, were invited to present keynote speeches expressing their opinions on student mobility. In addition, they exchanged ideas with 32 international student delegates and faculty representatives in order to find solutions for improving future exchange programs.

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