Nanhua University visits UTAR

Delegates from Nanhua University with UTAR staff

Delegates from Taiwan’s Nanhua University visited Sungai Long Campus on 2 June 2016 for collaborative opportunities.

The delegates were Nanhua University President Prof Lin Tsong-Min, Office of International Cross-Strait Affairs Dean Prof Dr Zhi-Hsien, College of Humanities Dean Dr Yang Szu-Wei, College of Science and Technology Dean & Chair Prof Dr Chen Shih-Shiung, Department of Business Administration Chairman  Dr Chu Li Chuan, Department of Creative Product Design Chairman Dr Lu Chun-Huang, Chairman of Department of Communication Prof Dr Chang Yu-Liang, Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering Assoc Prof Dr Lee Chiung-Hon, Chairman of Department of Information Management Prof Dr Wang Chin Bin, Department of Tourism Chairman Dr Ting Chih-Wen, and Life-and-Death Studies Former Director Dr Tsai Chang-Hsiung.

The delegates were welcomed by UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik, Vice-President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ir Dr Lee Sze Wei, Division of Community and International Networking and Institute of Management and Leadership Development Director Prof Cheng Ming Yu, Faculty of Business and Finance Dean Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong, Faculty of Science Dean Dr Lim Tuck Meng, Faculty of Creative Industries Dean Dr Chin Yee Mun, Faculty of Accountancy and Management Dean Dr Sia Bee Chuan, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology Dean Dr Liew Soung Yue,  Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology Deputy Dean Dr Lo Po Kim, Faculty of Arts and Social Science Deputy Dean Dr Kok Jin Kuan, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science Lecturer Beh Hooi Ching, Centre for Extension Education Director Lim Guat Yen, and Division of Corporate Communication and Public Relations Director Ong Soo Weon.

The objectives of the visit were to discuss possible areas of collaboration, including staff and student exchange programmes, dual degree programmes, and short courses on Life Sciences and Thanatology. Delegates from both universities were also looking forward to collaboration in knowledge exchange and research in future.

Prof Chuah enthused, “Nanhua University is one of UTAR’s 38 partners from Taiwan and we are targeting for 500 students to participate in the student exchange programme. Currently, UTAR has exactly 222 international students from 41 countries. Joining the exchange programme will enhance students’ social network and international exposure. It will further improve the teaching quality of the lecturers as well. We learn what we lack of, we share what we have expertise in.”

He added, “Malaysia’s population is aging. We are currently dealing with healthcare issues such as a lack of trained personnel to handle issues of life and death. I hope through our collaboration, proper knowledge of Thanatology could be taught and introduced to more people.”

Prof Lin said, “Nanhua University has the National Life Education Centre which studies life and death issues, the only one of its kind that is sanctioned by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. It will be a great honour for both universities to exchange views and discuss on the topic of life and death. Besides that, I wish to announce that Malaysian students who participate in the exchange programme with Nanhua University will receive free Mandarin courses if needed. Due to the excellent education environment in UTAR and Malaysia, I have confidence in the success of the collaboration.”

Expressing his consent to materialise the proposals, Prof Zhi-Hsien said, “It will be ideal if we can start the staff and student exchange programmes in next semester. Despite the differences in semester duration, I hope to see the collaboration begin as soon as possible.”

Prof Chuah (left) presenting a souvenir to Prof Lin

Prof Chuah (left) receiving a token of appreciation from Prof Lin

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