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The Academic Strategic Alliance between Taiwan higher education and University of Oxford

Date: 107-12-25

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The Academic Strategy Alliance of Taiwan and University of Oxford, funded by the Taiwan Ministry of Education, was hosted by President of NCKU, Prof. Huey-Jen Jenny Su on the 13th December afternoon in University of Oxford. Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K., Dr. Yen-Yi Lee, made the opening remark to congratulate on the achievements of the collaborating teams. A total of about 30 scholars from both Taiwan and Britain attended the conference. The Taiwan research team came from National Cheng Kung University, National Central University and Kaohsiung Medical University. The University of Oxford research team included scholars from the Brain Research Center, Department of Experimental Psychology, the Department of Rheumatology, and the Department of Physiological Anatomy and Genetics. The half day conference was very productive.

In 2018, under the umbrella of this alliance, total of six academic seminars were organized in Taiwan and the U.K.. The seminars promoted short scholar academic visits and joint student supervision. This academic strategy alliance also played important role in the Taiwan-Britain academic exchange platform, supporting Taiwanese teachers and students to University of Oxford for short-term visits (3-6months).  In 2018, five faculty and students from National Chung Hsing University, National Sun Yat-sen University, National Cheng Kung University and Feng Chia University to Oxford received funding for short-term training in the field of artificial intelligence.
On that same day, President Su and Prof. Meng-Ru Shen, Chair of the alliance were able to meet with Director of international Strategy, Nina Tomlin and her colleague Ed Nash who were also thrilled to hear that so much has been accomplished in so short time. Together, they explored the possibility to formalize the ties.

The purpose of this alliance is to set University of Oxford as a benchmark focusing in two main fields: Biomedical sciences and artificial intelligence and robotics. This will be accomplished by establishing: (1) bilateral academic alliances, technical exchanges and cooperation; (2) join supervision of students; (3) organize join forums and conferences; (4) bilateral talent cultivation and cross-discipline technical exchanges. We hope this project will enhance Taiwan’s research potential with Oxford.

Photo:The Academic Strategy Alliance of Taiwan and University of Oxford.