In January 2017, the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology called for proposal for the program of "ASEAN and South Asia Research Project for Humanities and Social Sciences, " received 298 submissions and granted 46 projects, which covered disciplines of Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Education, Law, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Regional Science and Geography, Finance and Accounting, Management and others.
A. NSYSU held a New Southbound Policy seminar
National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) have established“ASEAN and South Asia Research Center" that funded by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It held a New Southbound Policy seminar in May, 2015 to discuss the management practice and the humanities in the exploration of the New Southbound Policy.
B. Professor Ronald visited NSYNU
The Center invited Professor Ronald to visit Taiwan and to have a speech in December, 2015. In this speech, Professor Roland conducted an important historical analysis of the South China Sea issue, which involved several key countries such as Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.
C. RCHSS of NTHU signed a publication agreement of the manuscript Dictionario Hispanico Sinicum (Spanish-Chinese Dictionary) with University of Santo Tomas of the Philippines
National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) Professors Lien Chinfa and Chang Yueh-Chin from the Institute of Linguistics, as well as Associate Professor Lee Yu-Chung from the Institute of History, initiated the“Research on dispersed Minnan communities in Southeast Asia”project. Therefore, a publication agreement of the manuscript Dictionario Hispanico Sinicum (Spanish-Chinese Dictionary) was reached with University of Santo Tomas of the Philippines. With aid from MOST, a formal academic exchange with the University of Santo Tomas had begun, where the publication agreement was signed at Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (RCHSS) of NTHU, in which a limited production of 300 copies of an emulated version of the manuscript was scheduled for publication in early 2018.
D. Curator Regalado Trota José of the Archives of University of Santo Tomas, Philippines visited Taiwan for academic exchange
Following MOST's invitation of international science and technology personnel, NTHU RCHSS's director Huang Yi-Long and Associate Professor Lee Yu-Chung successfully invited curator Regalado Trota José of the Archives of University of Santo Tomas, Philippines to Taiwan. Curator José gave the speech“University of Santo Tomas’ archival collection of Minnan historical materials and its prospect”at NTHU, and the speech"Introduction to Dominican and Chinese historical materials held by the University of Santo Tomas of the Philippines" at Institute of Taiwan History of Academia Sinica.
In the near future, curator Regalado Trota José would post the results of his visit to Taiwan on the official website of University of Santo Tomas, showing the rich achievements this Taiwanese-Filipino academic exchange had brought about to the world.
E.“From Monsoon Asia to New Southbound" Workshop
The Deputy Dean, Professor Hooy Chee Wooi from the Universiti Sains Malaysia was invited by NTHU for a one-week visit from March 20th to March 27th in 2018. Professor Hooy gave a speech at the “From Monsoon Asia to New Southbound” Workshop, and the main purpose of the workshop was to promote the academic interaction between Taiwan and the New Southbound Countries with a focus on India, Malaysia and Singapore. In this workshop, NTHU presented some research results on the labor market and education issue in the New Southbound Countries and then conducted a focus forum of Higher Education in India, Malaysia and Singapore in order to encourage the young people in Taiwan to pursue further education in these countries.
F. China University of Technology cooperated with Malaysian scholars to strengthen the cultivation of talents and academic exchanges
From October 6th to October 8th, 2017, President of China University of Technology, Min-Teh Yu went to Malaysia to attend the 12th Asian Academy of Management International Conference 2017 (AAMC 2017) to present paper and collect information. In the course of the conference, in addition to understanding the development and current status of foreign related research and collecting the latest information, it was also possible for foreigners to have a more in-depth understanding of Taiwan and to contribute to the improvement of Taiwan’s international status.
On October 9th, 2017, President Min-Teh Yu was invited to visit School of Management, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to give an academic seminar and individual advisory instruction to USM students. He also exchanged research experiences with Dr. Hooy Chee Wooi (Deputy Dean, Research, Postgraduate and Networking, School of Management) and Dr. Foong Swee Sim (School of Distance Education, USM), and signed a cooperation agreement with USM in order to strengthen the cultivation of talents and academic exchanges.
In March of 2018, Dr. Foong Swee Sim of USM was invited to Taiwan for academic exchanges and further cooperation.
G. ASEAN cultural heritages workshop
"ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community" project invited more 50 people from Thailand and Cambodia to participate the ASEAN cultural heritage workshops. So far it was found that differences and disagreements between the two states were significant. Thai people claimed that Preah Vihear Temple belong to them, while Cambodian claimed the same thing.
Fortunately, some people though that it was reasonable to shake hands and to help each other, on the basis of common cultural heritages. By doing so, it was likely that the member states would carry out international cooperation, and in turn would make the establishment of ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community on the basis of common cultural heritages possible.
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