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29/08/2019.Registration Rate of the First Class of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages Reached 98%!

發布日期 2019-10-04 15:42:00

 


 

 

 

Released on August 29, 2019

     

Founded in the 2019 academic year, the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, enrolled 45 students for its first class. The registration rate reached as high as 98%, and that for students enrolled by the recommendation and screening-based admission process even reached 100%! Director Wen-Pin Lin of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies indicated that outstanding faculty, Taiwanese companies based in Southeast Asia and purposeful non-profit organizations collaborate to provide overseas internship opportunities to cultivate future professionals and after years of effort, comprehensively develop the relationship between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

 

Wenzao has been providing Southeast Asian language courses since the 2009 academic year. Founded in the 2014 academic year, the Center for Southeast Asian Languages Teaching launched the Southeast Asian Languages and Industry Credit Program. Wenzao started to focus on Southeast Asia before the New Southbound Policy was even introduced. The Department recruits full-time and part-time teachers from various countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Philippine and Malaysian teachers with doctoral degrees at Wenzao are invited to launch relevant professional courses. Taiwanese teachers of the Department have also earned their national or international reputation for Southeast Asian studies and teaching. Our strongest faculty team has taught over 4,000 students: Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Cambodian and Filipino for five years. It shows that students are passionate about learning Southeast Asian languages.

 

Focusing on Southeast Asian language teaching and social science studies, as well as recruiting professional teachers and prestigious scholars, Wenzao was recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education to launch the Master’s Program in Southeast Asian Studies in the 2018 academic year and establish the Department of Southeast Asian Studies in the 2019 academic year. Wenzao becomes the only private university in Taiwan to provide both undergraduate and Master’s programs in Southeast Asian studies. Director Wen-Pin Lin of the Department said that the faculty (for undergraduate and Master’s programs) is internationally diverse and very Southeast Asian. In addition to language courses taught by foreign teachers who are doctoral candidates, various courses related to Southeast Asian history, cultures, politics, economics, societies and industrial development are offered by Taiwanese professionals. In collaboration with Universitas Negeri Malang in Indonesia, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, in Vietnam and Uniserv Chiang Mai University in Thailand, Wenzao provides Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai language proficiency tests for our students to earn a certificate more conveniently.

 

The first class of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies participated in the freshman orientation program and met teachers of the Department. Senior Indonesian students played Angklung, an Indonesian musical heritage, with other students to enable freshmen to experience Southeast Asian culture for the first time. Taiwanese students can communicate with foreign students from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines to improve their language learning outcomes. A teacher of the Department, Nguyen Thanh Liem, strives to support Taiwanese students to learn Vietnamese by organizing internal language exchange activities to help students find study partners for foreign language practice, which eventually leads to more interactions and conversations, as well as a better understanding of different cultures.

 

Renowned for its language education, Wenzao established the Department of Southeast Asian Studies to further collaborate with Taiwanese companies and non-profit organizations to provide workshops for Taiwanese companies, and senior executive lectures and internship, in Southeast Asia to cultivate students during “the final phase” before employment. Students are trained to have “vital skills for immediate employment” and to become “local professionals specializing in Southeast Asian studies with global vision.” Many students encouraged by their families have chosen the Department of Southeast Asian Studies, and some of them have even set our new Department as their first choice instead of a national university of science and technology (TVE Joint College Entrance Examination). The popularity of the Department led to a high registration rate of 98% for the first class.

 

 

  

  

  

  

Photos courtesy from  Department of Southeast Asian Studies

 

 

 

Freshmen played Angklung, an Indonesian musical heritage, with senior students. 

The teacher, Nguyen Thanh Liem (middle), coordinated the activity and helped students find language exchange study partners and learn foreign cultures.

Director Wen-Pin Lin (fourth from the right) of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies took students to visit General Manager Su of Taiwan Shan Yin International Co., Ltd.  

Deputy General Manager Li-Hao Yang (left) of Vita Park in the first industrial zone in Laos visited Wenzao to meet Director Wen-Pin Lin (right) of the Department of Southeast Asian Studies for academia-industry collaboration.

The class is taught by teacher Nguyen Thanh Liem.

The Thai teacher, Anthika Manowong, introduced traditional Thai clothing.