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04/25/2018.Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages Promotes the Tripartite Master’s Program, Creating a New International Joint Teaching Model

發布日期 2018-04-27 11:42:00

 


 

Students of the Tripartite Master’s Program from Wenzao attended the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students during their studies in Russia in 2017

 

April 25, 2018

【Press release provided by the Office of Public Relations】

 

       

In today’s global and digital world, it is no longer possible to set “boundaries” in higher education. The sweeping wave of globalization has stimulated unprecedented mobility among teachers and students, and even universities and degree programs. The focus of the debate about the internationalization and globalization of higher education has shifted from “whether it must be done” to “how it should be done.”

 

   The Graduate Institute of International Business and Intercultural Management at Wenzao signed a Tripartite Master’s Program with ESTICE International Business School of Lille Catholic University and the European Business School of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in May 2017, creating a new international joint teaching model.

 

   ESTICE International Business School of Lille Catholic University was founded in 1876. It is a prestigious private university in France. With a student body of 15000, it is also the largest private university in France. As a comprehensive university, it encompasses various university colleges, specialized and regular higher education institutions in five major disciplines: literature and humanities, law, economic management, science and technology, and medicine and theology.

 

  Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University is located in Kaliningrad; it is one of the higher education institutions and research centers in Northwestern Russia, a member of the Association of the Classical Universities of Russia, and the largest education, science, cultural and inspiration center in Western Russia. Currently, it has 11 colleges and departments, 2 senior high schools, and the Baltic Federal University.

 

   In the framework of the Tripartite Master’s Program, 3-5 graduate students will be chosen from the universities in Taiwan, France and Russia, respectively, to study together. They will study for 8 weeks in Russia, 8 weeks in Taiwan, and 8 weeks in France; altogether they will earn 60 ECTS credits. They will be considered as a group as they move among the three countries, where they will study business administration courses; all the courses will be taught in English. It can be expected that this new type of immersive international studies will have a huge positive impact on their experience of culture shock and development of professional knowledge and skills. For students in the Graduate Institute of International Business and Intercultural Management at Wenzao, participating in the Tripartite Master’s Program will allow them to transfer the 30 credits required for the Master’s degree, and increase their capability in intercultural management that will prove invaluable in various workplaces after they start a job. Moreover, they can obtain a program certificate signed by the three universities, which is a smart choice in terms of investing in oneself.

 

  Since its establishment, the Graduate Institute of International Business and Intercultural Management has focused on cultivating talents specializing in international and intercultural management with excellent foreign language proficiency. The launch of the Tripartite Master’s Program in the 2017 academic year is an important milestone in achieving the Institute’s teaching objectives. Chairperson of the Institute, Professor Hai-Feng Hu, suggests that the international joint teaching model within this Program is a novel approach in Taiwan’s higher education system. The planning of the Program’s courses differs from that of MBA courses; in addition to being taught in English in the three countries, these courses also emphasize the importance of practical experience and empirical entrepreneurship.

 

   Among the courses offered by the universities in Taiwan, France and Russia, the “on-site project” acts as a medium of the Program. In this course, the three universities offer 2-3 local enterprises for students of the Program to visit to do an internship and personally experience how local enterprises operate. The three universities also offer 50-hour courses on local languages and cultures. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, for instance, provides students from Taiwan and France with 50-hour courses on basic Russian language and culture, which helps to deepen their intercultural experience and lessen the problems of intercultural adaptation.

 

   In general, graduate students of Wenzao who participated in the Tripartite Master’s Program have a deeper experience in intercultural studies when compared with those who study abroad for a degree or in a language school because they have studied together with graduate students from France and Russia. Moreover, their experience in studying in France and Russia helps to expand their international horizons and to enhance their strength in intercultural communication, all of which will prove invaluable for their future career. Therefore, the Program has been warmly received since its launch. Currently, the second phase of the Program is in progress at Wenzao; the third phase of the Program will start at Lille Catholic University on May 7th and end on June 29th.

   

    
   

  

 

Students of the Tripartite Master’s Program from the Graduate Institute of International Business and Intercultural Management at Wenzao studied for 8 weeks in Russia; they and local students took a photo together.

Wenzao promotes the Tripartite Master’s Program, creating a new international joint teaching model.

Students of the Tripartite Master’s Program from France and Russia are currently studying for 8 weeks at Wenzao in Taiwan. Chairperson of the Graduate Institute of International Business and Intercultural Management, Professor Hai-Feng Hu, led them to visit tourist attractions in Kaohsiung.

Students of the Tripartite Master’s Program visited an enterprise in Taiwan to do their on-site project.