A delegation of 16 Kuwait University’s administrative executives and staff visited National Taiwan University on March 17, 2014 for a training and exchange program that was held between March 17 to 21. NTU Vice President Ming-Je Tang (湯明哲), Dean of Office of International Affairs Luisa Shu-Ying Chang (張淑英), and Personnel Department Director Yun-Ju Huang (黃韻如) were in attendance at the opening ceremony where they greeted their guests ahead of the five-day program.
The program is co-hosted by the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Research and Development, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Personnel Department, the Graduate Program in Translation and Interpretation, and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
NTU and Kuwait University began a series of academic and administrative exchanges two years ago when a delegation of KU’s administrative executives visited NTU in 2011. Later, NTU’s Finance Vice President Ming-Je Tang led a group of senior administrative staff for a return visit in 2013. In terms of academic exchange, KU expressed its hopes to establish collaborative research projects with NTU’s talents in medicine, bioengineering, and electrical engineering and computer science. In addition, two students from NTU have travelled to Kuwait to study at KU’s Language Center with scholarships.
As both schools serve as key higher-educational institutes in their respective countries, this year’s administrative exchange program bears deeper significance for both countries. At the opening ceremony, OIA Dean Luisa Shu-Ying Chang expressed her hopes that the academic and administrative exchange opens the door for further collaboration that is mutually beneficial to both universities.
Meanwhile, Vice President Ming-Je Tang talked about the importance that a comprehensive administration has in the school’s operation. In his talk, “The Management of University,” Vice President Tang sampled from his own experience in stating that as a platform for education, the university bears the responsibility to create and transform knowledge. While the creation of knowledge is provided by the school’s research system, and the transfer of knowledge presented by the educational structure, both aspects are essential to the operations of an exceptional university. Tang then emphasized the importance of the governance system and states that the system serves as the bridge for communications between faculty and students. He added that the university should be strategic in choosing a development path so as to create room for professionalism as well as outstanding performance.
The Kuwait University delegation began the five-day exchange and training program on March 17 among several NTU administrative offices. It is hoped that through the learning and sharing of experiences, the program will help both schools achieve a more comprehensive administrative environment.