To further promote academic exchanges and cooperation, Taiwan’s Shu-Te University and University of the Philippines (UP) have recently signed a Memorandum of Academic Cooperation (MAC) at the Board Room of UP in Quezon City.
The two outstanding universities are well represented by Dr. Yuan Hsiang Chu, president of Shu-Te University and Dr. Alfredo Pascual, president of UP. Also present in the signing ceremony is Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of the Taiwan to the Philippines, who also signed the MAC as a witness.
In his brief remarks, Lin emphasized the importance of the MAC as a platform for Taiwan and Philippine universities to forge more academic partnerships and people-to-people links.
He also mentioned that the two countries are not only geographically close to each other and share similar history and common values but also complementing each other in many areas, including in the field of education, ICT, agriculture and human resources. It will be a win-win situation if the two Universities will be able to pool together their resources, facilities and staff and offer each other the respective strengths to complement each other and make alliance with each other.
At a time of globalization, the Philippines will be an ideal place for the Taiwanese students to learn English in the Philippines especially spoken English.
Also, as Taiwan is facing the shortage of students, with Taiwan’s excellent facilities, technology, agriculture and high-standard of teaching staff, it will be conducive for the Philippines’ teaching staff, students and researchers to have advanced studies in Taiwan which are much cheaper as compared with the USA and Europe.
The MAC between Shu-Te University and University of the Philippines is the first step in linking the UP system and the Southern Taiwan Universities Alliance.
Included in the memorandum are some academic cooperation measures such as exchange of faculty, researchers, administrative staff and students to develop collaborative activities; exchange of academic cooperation and materials; and development of university/city-town/entrepreneurship networking to uplift human resource capital.
The Southern Taiwan Universities Alliance is an academic organization composed of National Sun Yat-Sen University, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, National Kaohsiung Normal University and Shu-Te University, which all aimed to developing regional higher education, quality human resource and better academic partnership in Taiwan and the whole Southeast Asian region, including the Philippines.
Shu-Te University delegation was composed of 9 delegates and has also visited the De La Salle University and Technological University of the Philippines, as part of their program in the Philippines.