Webinar Program Strengthens Indo–Taiwan Educational Relations
The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India worked with Rashtriya Raksha University—formerly known as Raksha Shakti University—to hold a webinar-based program on August 12 and 13 on the current developments in Afghanistan and their impact for international relations. It was hosted by Dr. Venkat, Director of the university’s School of International Cooperation, Security and Strategic Languages (SICSSL).
More than thirty scholars from different universities in India, Taiwan and Afghanistan were invited to participate in this two-day webinar to give them a better understanding of the role of the US in Afghanistan since 2001, its withdrawal, the roles of external actors, and the reactions from the international community. They included Dr. Roger Chifeng Liu, Associate Professor of International Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at FLAME University in India, and Prof. Tony Gou, Vice President of Shih Chien University, who expressed his gratitude to the Education Division and Rashtriya Raksha University for providing this opportunity to gain valuable information first-hand.
India has had a long association with Afghanistan and has been involved in strengthening its investment in and trade with Afghanistan for many years, and this was the first time that Taiwanese scholars were able to learn about Afghanistan’s situation from Afghan scholars and Indian scholars, and from the interactive discussions with the audience members.
Prof. Bimal N. Patel, Vice Chancellor of Rashtriya Raksha University, expressed his gratitude to all the participants and his hopes to create more opportunities to engage in academic collaboration. The Education Division sees tremendous scope for Taiwan and India to further strengthen their educational links, particularly working with Indian universities such as Rashtriya Raksha University which have a Taiwan Education Center on campus. It hopes to help offer more similar webinars in the near future, through which members of Taiwan’s academic circle and students can explore other topics related to India and neighboring countries in South Asia.