Center of Southeast Asian Ethnicities, Cultures and Societies: A joint project between Taiwan and Indonesia

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Center of Southeast Asian Ethnicities, Cultures and Societies: A joint project between Taiwan and Indonesia
I. Introduction
This project aims at the establishment and maintenance of a “Center of Southeast Asian Ethnicities, Cultures and Societies”, with offices in National Taitung University and Universitas Tanjungpura, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. The Center would serve as a platform for the strengthening of scholarly and educational exchange between the two countries. The missions of the Center include: (1) organizing academic and educational functions to promote exchange of faculties and students between the two countries; (2) match-making researchers from both countries to conceive and conduct joint research projects; (3) compiling scientific information useful for industries and enterprises from each country and operate in the partner country to promote culturally sensible, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manners of business operation.
In addition, the Center carries out the above missions with a special concern for the reinvigoration and continuation of Austronesian culture and language, which are the heritage of both the Indigenous People of Taiwan and the majority population of Insular Southeast Asian Countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and East Timor). Basing on an appreciation of these deep-rooted cultural and linguistic commonalities, the Center is also committed to promote mutual understanding (through visiting and cultural learning programs) between the Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan and the peoples of Insular Southeast Asia. On Taiwan side, the Center is currently under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Science and Technology; and organized by National Taitung University, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology and Providence University.
II. Highlights
2018.9.20 Signing of MOU between Secretary General of Institutional Affairs for Science, Technology, and Higher Education, Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Republic of Indonesia, Palangka Raya University, Republic of Indonesia, and National Taitung University, Taiwan.
Signing of MOU between Dr. Ir. Agus Indarjo, Secretary of Directorate General of Institutional Affairs for Science, Technology, and Higher Education, Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, and the Rector of Palangka Raya University, Central Kalimantan, Republic of Indonesia, and Professor Tseng Yew-ming, President of National Taitung University., on July 3, 2018.
2018.9.20 Signing of MOU and MOA between delegates of Tanjungpura University, West Kalimantan, Republic of Indonesia, and the National Taitung University on August 23, 2018.
2018.9.20 Opening ceremony of the “Center of Southeast Asian Ethnicities, Cultures and Societies” on the campus of the Tanjungpura University on August 23, 2018.
2018.6.20 Boundary Construction and Crossing:Monsoon Asia’s Societies, Cultures and Ethnicities
Southeast Asia is one of the geographically most fragmented, national-boundary wise most irregular, ethnically most plural and culturally most diversified areas in the world. On the one hand, these cross-cutting geographic and historic factors contributed to the construction of boundaries between political regimes, subsistence systems, exchange networks, trade patterns, religious domains and linguistic clusters. On the other hand, along with colonial divisions, creation and materialization of national boundaries, contestation of political and religious ideologies, construction of regional systems and the free-flowing of labors and commodities, old boundaries are crumbling while new boundaries emerging.The conference coincides with the launching of the “New Southbound Policy” by Taiwan government. Aiming at promoting a more comprehensive understanding about Southeast Asia among the participants, the organizing committee presents this conference theme. We hope that the theme, with the historical depth, geographical broadness and cultural subtlety in its conceptual framework, will enhance the quality and scope of this exciting event of scholarly dialogue and gathering.
III. Related Links
  1. Center of Southeast Asian Ethnicities, Cultures and Societies