With the hope of promoting actual collaboration with aborigines abroad on academic research, NDHU’s Center of International Indigenous Affairs （CIIA）, managing to take advantage of its uniqueness and its mission, signed a memorandum on off-site courses, which are meant to allow visiting students opportunities to appreciate local Taiwanese culture through interaction with Taiwanese students, lectures by instructors with expertise and exposure to tribal activities.
Late last year, CIIA students and faculty members took a trip to Canada and swung by University of Ottawa. A few days ago, scholars at University of Ottawa paid NDHU a visit. As host, NDHU President Dr. Josh Chow met with Associate Dean John Sylvestre （School of Social Sciences）, Professor Ghislain Otis （Law School）, Professor Andre Laliberte （Political Science） and Professor Scott Simon （Social Anthropology）. In the form of PowerPoint presentation, both parties got a chance to further lay out a blueprint for future academic exchange. President Chow stressed that, on top of NDHU’s increasing visibility in global community, thanks to its breathtaking campus, friendliness to foreign students and diverse nature, NDHU could make a great choice for students in search of short-term exchange programs or even long-term degree programs.
CIIA also arranged meetings so that these Canadian visiting scholars could get to interact with professors at NDHU’s College of Environmental Studies, College of Arts & Social Sciences and College of Indigenous Studies. Students at the College of Indigenous Studies greeted these Canadian friends with their traditional dances and songs, a remarkable way to showcase what these students acquired from their courses. Professor Awi Mona （Chih-Wei Tsai） of NDHU Department of Indigenous Law and Professor Ghislain Otis had a discussion, which revolved around the comparison and contrast between two countries’ aboriginal development and policies in terms of law & order, education, language and environment. Furthermore, CIIA gave a campus tour, allowing the guests a sneak peek at NDHU’s facility, the College of Indigenous Studies, College of Environmental Studies, College of Arts, all guests walking out utterly impressed. Dean Pasuya ‘e Poiconʉ （Chung-Cheng PU） of College of Indigenous Studies gave the guests a set of English version of Literary History of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples as a way to introduce to these guests Taiwanese aborigines’ conception of the world.
Professor Scott Simon mentioned his long association with NDHU and was looking forward to seeing the conversation advance to the next level. Professor Bavaragh Dagalomi （Jolan HSIEH）, director at CIIA, stated that representatives from NDHU this time were hand-picked to match the guests’ expertise to hopefully push CIIA’s value and function to its fullest. Director Hsieh wanted the center’s energy and uniqueness to be well appreciated; collaboration on the college level could be a good starting point and trans-disciplinary approach would generate a more active and pragmatic academic exchange and collaboration. Dean Pasuya ‘e Poiconʉ said, recent years had witnessed students and faculty members at NDHU going in full swings joining forces with institutions oversees; this effort could serve as a base for NDHU’s continuous hard work on making the world see NDHU and eventually lead to NDHU’s claim for a place in the world top research university.
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