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08/01/2018.Wenzao Goes to Europe for an Academic Forum and Signs an Agreement with a French Catholic School

發布日期 2018-08-01 15:42:00

 


 

President Shieu-Ming Chou of Wenzao (middle), Chair Hsiu-Wen Wang of the French Department (right), and President Guillaume Gelle (left) of the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, which organized the Taiwan-France Higher Education Forum. 
Photo courtesy of the French Department
 

 

August 01, 2018

【Press release courtesy of the Office of International and Cross-strait Cooperation and the French Department】

     

 The Second Taiwan-France Higher Education Forum and the Taiwan-Belgium Roundtable were held in Reims, France and Brussels, Belgium on July 9th and 12th, respectively. Led by President Shieu-Ming Chou, Chair Hsiu-Wen Wang of the French Department and Professor Agnès Roussel Shih from Wenzao participated in the two events.

 

This year, the Taiwan-France Higher Education Forum and the Campus France Forum were held on the same day; French education directors based in different parts of the world and representatives from universities and colleges were invited to attend the events. The topic of the forums revolved around innovation in higher education, the merging and governance of universities, and reinforcement of foreign cooperation. Visits to Université Paris-Saclay and Paris Sceiences & Lettres, PSL, were arranged. What’s worth mentioning is that through the forums, Wenzao had the chance to discuss with the President of INALCO and representatives of Institut Catholique de Toulouse about signing a sister school agreement and future cooperation.   

 

The Taiwan-Belgium Roundtable, held in Brussels for the first time, involved Taiwan-Belgium co-research, sharing of bilateral cooperation cases, and group discussions. It was organized by ARES, which introduced current higher education in Belgium. The issues discussed included Taiwan-Belgium dual degree programs, internationalization of universities, and current industry-academia cooperation. During the roundtable, representatives from the French Department of Wenzao, l’Université de Mons, and l’Université Catholique de Louvain expanded exchanges and cooperation with l’Université Saint-Louis, Brussels.

 

To expand academic cooperation and exchanges, Wenzao visited l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest on July 4th, several days before the forum started, and signed a sister school agreement with it. L’Université Catholique de l’Ouest is one of the most famous schools in French Catholic higher education. The two sides discussed possible exchanges, cooperation, and student exchange programs. Besides, Wenzao also signed an MOU with Lycée Sainte Ursule - Louise de Bettignies, and there will be short-term student exchange programs during summer and winter vacations. President Baptiste Jacomino also welcomed Wenzao students to serve as Chinese teaching assistants in the school.

 

Wenzao’s visitation started on July 2nd and ended on the 14th, lasting 13 days. During the first week of the visitation, besides signing an MOU with two French schools, Wenzao’s delegation seized the opportunity to visit Ensemble Scolaire Bourges Centre (ESBC), one of Wenzao’s sister schools, which has long maintained a good relationship with Wenzao. In the meantime, Wenzao’s delegation visited Wenzao students who worked as interns at ESBC’s Chinese Language Center. Moreover, Wenzao’s delegation visited Principal Shu-Ling Lin of L’Encrier Chinois and her husband, and three students from Wenzao’s French Department, who worked as interns at L’Encrier Chinois’s summer camp.

 

On July 7th, President Chou and other delegates especially visited Wenzao alumni in Paris. It was the first time that the alumni reunion of the French Department was held in Paris. Eight alumni of the French Department participated in the reunion; they work at Chinese schools, travel agencies, and boutique shops in France, respectively. The reunion was warm and pleasant. In the reunion, alumnus Jun-Ting Pan of the 39th junior college program of Wenzao was elected as the coordinator of the Alumni Association in Paris; he hopes to invite more alumni in France to join the Alumni Association in the future. He currently works at a famous school in France, SKEMA Business School. Wenzao’s participation in the Taiwan-France Higher Education Forum and the Taiwan-Belgium Roundtable has come to fruition. In addition to gaining a better understanding of European higher education, Wenzao also furthered bilateral cooperation and exchanges with many European countries. 

 

 

  

Photos courtesy of the French Department

 

President Shieu-Ming Chou (right) visited Wenzao’s new sister school, l’Université Catholique de l’Ouest, and was warmly welcomed by President Dominique Vermersch (left).

President Shieu-Ming Chou (third from the left) visited Ensemble Scolaire Bourges Centre and took a picture with interns from Wenzao’s French Department and Department of Applied Chinese.

President Shieu-Ming Chou (right) and Principal Baptiste Jacomino (left) signed a sister school agreement.  

President Shieu-Ming Chou (right) took a picture with Principal Shu-Ling Lin of L’Encrier Chinois and her husband.

President Shieu-Ming Chou (third from the right of the front row) took a picture with the Alumni Association in Paris.

President Shieu-Ming Chou took a picture with President Manuelle Franck of INALCO (second from the left).

President Shieu-Ming Chou (left) took a picture with Delegate Ming-Zhong Zhang of Bureau de Représentation de Taipei en France (right). 

President Shieu-Ming Chou (left) took a picture with Dean Annie Despatureaux of the International Office of l’Université de Toulouse (left).