Director’s Note

Tabe, imumi.
Ti yaw ta maka purux ki Kong-Ā -Na ka tu Sinkang.
Ta’u ka Siraya ta ti yaw.
Ti Bavaragh Dagalomai ta nanang aw.

It is with great enthusiasm that I am greeting you with my Siraya language. As Director of the Center for International Indigenous Affairs (CIIA), I acknowledge that we are working on the ancestral homelands of the Pangcah/Amis Nation. I am honored and humbled to work with hundreds of excellent scholars and thousands of talented students from across the universities of my country. More importantly, I also have the privilege to work with Indigenous scholars from around the world. 

With the fourfold aim of mobilizing Taiwan’s participation in global Indigenous communities, promoting Indigenous issues in mainstream society, establishing an interactive platform for Indigenous Peoples  to speak out, and training Indigenous talents for international communication, the CIIA has been devoted to pushing forward Taiwan’s higher education around the world through various forms of academic activities since it was founded in August 2014 under the guidance of the College of Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University. 

The CIIA has built connections academically with universities from around the world, such as in Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Guam, Hawaii, Alaska, continental United States, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, Austria, and Sami Land (Norway and Finland), among many other countries and nations. Inspired by how Indigenous higher education institutions have restored Indigenous subjectivities and values, we are connected in both academic and executive dimensions, and we hope to build mutually beneficial partnerships with Indigenous institutions around the world to further highlight Indigenous history, cultures, and languages, as well as training talents in our own institutions. 

The impact and contributions of how Indigenous education is developed in the historical process of reconciliation are very important for us, as human beings, to learn and share. Together, we can continue the legacy of our ancestors’ knowledge and values. 

Please feel free to contact me directlyjolan@gms.ndhu.edu.twif you have any concerns, questions, or feedback about us. We are here to make connections. Lalulux !

 

Jolan Hsieh

Jolan Hsieh / Bavaragh Dagalomai, Ph.D  (Siraya Nation)

Director, Center for International Indigenous Affairs

Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

About

The Center for International Indigenous Affairs (CIIA) provide innovative programs dedicated to the educational sovereignty of indigenous peoples of Taiwan and the world. With strong relationships, we perform research, facilitate indigenous cultural exchanges, and coordinate academic activities on a local, national, and international level. By contributing to the development of indigenous knowledge and advancement of related social issues, CIIA is at the forefront of global indigenous solidarity celebrating indigenous identity, dignity, and sovereignty.

The CIIA is the hub for almost everything indigenous international affairs at College of Indigenous Studies (CIS), National Dong Hwa University (NDHU). CIIA provides opportunities for students and staffs to cultivate their global indigenous perspective in a variety of ways, ranging from teaching programs exchange to transdisciplinary research projects collaboration. CIIA’s visions are to promote international indigenous research collaboration, raise awareness on indigenous issues across the world, and engender vibrant exchanges of indigenous academic, education and cultural affairs.

The CIIA actively participating in global indigenous-centered organizations such as World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Comsourium (WINHEC), World Indigenous Nations Conference on Education (WIPCE ), Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA), and International Indigenosu Reserch Conference in order to support Indigenous sovereignty and knowledge systems. Along with actively and fully involved in global Indigenous organizations, CIIA also work with many Indigenous educational institutions / universities, to maintain Indigenous knowledge system, empower leadership and utilize resources for Indigenous Peoples around the world.

The CIIA stand firm for United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and followed the United Nations “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” . The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. With Indigenous Peoples’ perspective in mind, the CIIA’s main focus are : 3. Good Health and Well-Being, 4. Quality Education, 5. Gender Equality, 10. Reduced Inequalities, 16.Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, and 17. Partnership or the Goals. For more detailed information, please check UN Sustainable Development Website

The CIIA attaches importance to equality and diversified development, and provides an environment of friendliness and substantial equality of gender and ethnicity. Our workers , staffs, students, and partners also abide by the above concepts. If there is any violation of the relevant workplace gender discrimination and workplace sexual harassment regulations, please complain in accordance with the relevant regulations of the NDHU.

The Center for International Indigenous Affairs(CIIA)is the hub for almost everything indigenous international affairs at College of Indigenous Studies, National Dong Hwa University.  Founded in August 2014, it provides opportunities for students and staffs to cultivate their global perspective in a variety of ways, ranging from exchange programs to participation in international projects.

CIIA visions are to promote international indigenous research collaboration, raise student awareness on indigenous issues across the world, and engender vibrant exchanges of indigenous academic, education and cultural affairs. The responsibility of CIIA is as follows:

  • Design or implement international exchanges on indigenous academic, educational and cultural affairs.
  • Investigate in policies and strategies for international affairs of CIS.
  • Establish program and evaluation for international student recruitment, guidance and scholarship for NDHU.
  • Facilitate the promotion of NDHU international exchange programs.

With CIIA, domestic and international students have a home for engaging their international indigenous interests and learning from peers and top scholars who hail from all over the world.

Bylaws

National Dong Hwa University

College of Indigenous Studies

Center for International Indigenous Affairs Bylaws

Approved by the College Faculty Meeting (April 27, 2018)
Amended and Approved by the College Faculty Meeting  (May 5, 2014)
Amended and Approved by the College Faculty Meeting  (May 26, 2022)

I. To promote international indigenous research collaboration, raise concerns for international indigenous affairs, expand student students’ perspective and achieve the aims of building international academic, education and cultural collaboration, the College of Indigenous Studies (CIS) at NDHU founded the Center for International Indigenous Affairs (CIIA). The establishment of CIIA is based on existing regulation of the NDHU Foreign Affairs Committee to institute International Affairs Center at the College level.

II. The responsibility of CIIA is as follows:

  1. Design or implement international exchanges on indigenous academic, educational and cultural affairs.
  2. Investigate in policies and strategies for international affairs of CIS.
  3. Establish program and evaluation for international student recruitment, guidance and scholarship for the NDHU.
  4. Facilitate the promotion of NDHU international exchange programs.

III. Members of CIIA include:

  1. A Director that overseeing the operation of the Center. The Director must be an Associate Professor or Professor, appointed by the Dean of CIS. Each term of service is three years and term can be extended.
  2. If appropriate, CIIA is permitted to establish task force teams for particular missions or employ consultation.
  3. Full-time and/or part-time staffs for projects and missions.

IV. Funding of CIIA comes from applying for relevant grants or fundraising.

V. This bylaws will be implemented after the Faculty Meeting at CIS, same procedure applies to any amendments of the bylaws.