Nottingham Trent University & I-Shou University Forge Closer Education Partnership
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the universities in the UK—such as the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, and the University of St. Andrews—now implementing the Huayu BEST Program in partnership with a university in Taiwan, Nottingham Trent University began its involvement with the Huayu BEST Program in 2022 together with I-Shou University in a new expression of an already ten-year long partnership advancing student and language exchanges. In addition, the two universities have jointly launched an Education Hub, offering undergraduate programmes in Business, Engineering, and Media Communications, providing students with a distinctive opportunity obtain dual degrees, and to interact and immerse themselves in British and Taiwanese culture. The Education Hub’s focus is on students’ employability and preparing them to be global citizens.
The Education Division was invited to attend a round-table meeting held at Nottingham Trent University on March 2 with representatives from that university and I-Shou University, to discuss the progress of the Huayu BEST Program and explore opportunities for further cooperation. Andy Bi, the Director of the Education Division, and Marc Kai Tsou suggested that NTU graduates of TESOL programmes at the university could be recruited to work as English teachers and English teaching assistants in Taiwan, and that groups of students and/or teachers at the university could visit Taiwan on short-term study visits.
Professor Frank Austermuehl, the Director of the Nottingham Institute of Languages and Intercultural Communication, and Chris Crabot, an Associate Director of NTU Global, responded enthusiastically and expressed their willingness to foster closer practical education ties with Taiwan. They also remarked that the arrival of the university’s language teacher from Taiwan through the Huayu BEST Program has resulted in a significant increase in the popularity of learning Mandarin and traditional characters among students.
The meeting took place during NTU Global Week, an annual fair that celebrates the university’s multiculturalism and diversity, and the meeting participants took the opportunity to visit the Taiwanese stand, which was offering students traditional Taiwanese food and tea. The Education Division had brought along material and information about studying in Taiwan to share which also sparked the interest of the local students.
The relationship between Nottingham Trent University and I-Shou University is a shining example of international collaboration that can benefit both universities, provide enriching experiences for students, and promote mutual understanding between cultures.