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  • 1. TO BE A GLOBAL CITIZEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY Michael M.C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D. President National Cheng Kung University March 19, 2008
  • 2. Internationalization vs. Globalization
    • Globalization
      • “ The world is flat”: Thomas Friedman
      • “ A global village”: The world everywhere is connected and exposed.
    • Internationalization
      • The understanding and exchanges of cultures and knowledge
    • To become good global citizens through internationalization
    • There is international competition to become international
  • 3. NCKU’s Mission Statement
    • To preserve Tainan’s heritage as Taiwan’s cultural capital while aspires to become a full-fledged internationally renowned university, NCKU cultivates future leaders with creativity, humanism, global vision and profound social concerns, and develops transdisciplinary researches for the benefit of society and humanity.
  • 4. What is a global university?
    • Global brandname recognition
    • Comprehensive excellence in teaching, research and faculty and students
    • Research on global issues
    • Global “export” of teaching and learning
    • Strong international student demand
    • Close interaction with global business
  • 5. The qualities of successful global citizens
    • Good EQ, MQ and AQ
      • EQ (Emotion quotient)
      • MQ (Moral quotient)
      • AQ (Attitude or adversity quotient)
    • Cross-disciplinary knowledge
    • Ability to do team work
    • Communication
    • Assertive and positive
    • Leadership and entrepreneurship
  • 6. Purposes of internationalization (student mobility)
    • To learn the cutting-edge science, technology and scholarship.
    • To learn and understand foreign cultures.
    • To facilitate international communication and establish personal contacts.
    • To upgrade the country’s standing in international community.
  • 7. The strategies for internationalization (I)
    • Internationalization : bidirectional
    • -Encourage NCKU faculty and students
    • to visit and study abroad
    • -Encourage foreign scholars and students to study
    • at NCKU
    • “ Brain drain”
    • “ Brain circulation”
    • “ Brain stagnation”
  • 8. The strategies for internationalization (II)
    • Financial incentives (Scholarship, Travel support, living quarter assistance)
    • Campus advertisement and active recruitment
    • Establish sister universities to exchange faculty and students
    • Dual degree programs (CWRU, Southern Illinois U Carbondale, Temple, Texas Tech)
    • Create internationally friendly environment
    • Student-run group discussions to promote local-international student understanding
  • 9. The status of international students at NCKU
    • 397 international students from 50 countries.
    • (The top 3 countries are Indonesia, Vietnam and Canada)
    • 120 international scholars (postdoctoral fellows, faculty)
    • Goal: 850 students by 2010
    • 580 courses taught in English
  • 10. Issues in Internationalization at NCKU
    • Communication between international students and home students
    • Internationalized social environment (spoken English, infrastructure, etc.)
    • Curriculum on internationalization issues to benefit home students
  • 11. Challenges to Internationalization
    • The motivation of local students to study abroad is low
    • Lack an internationally friendly environment
    • Subpar English language skills
    • University name recognition low
    • Difficult to establish long-term education or research collaboration