31http://oic.nccu.edu.twMay.2012 NCCU OIC NewsletterA new world tostudy abroad, theNetherlandsChinese opera withinternational studentswishes NCCU a happybirthday2012 Taipei ModelUnited Nations(TMUN) held byYouth Associationof InternationalConferenceAIESEC promotesGlobal InternshipProgramP.2P.3P.5P.4NCCU 2012 World FestivalSTORY／PHOTOBY Daniel Guzman BrimanDuring the month of May NCCU’s agendawas very busy because of the biggest annualmulticultural festival on campus: “The WorldFestival (世界狂歡節)”. The event lasted for10 days, starting on May 1st and ending onthe 10th. This festival, which is celebrated onthe second semester of each academic year,aims to celebrate the variety of countries,cultures, and ideologies present on campusas well as promoting and consolidatinginternationalization at NCCU. The WorldFestival is also a good opportunity forinternational students to proudly representtheir countries by signing up in the differentactivities and/or contests. It provides aplatform for students to speak up and showothers the unique beauty of the place theycome from.In each and every single corner on campusthere was always somethinginteresting to look at. Photos, posters, billboards,images, and so on were almost everywhere! It wasimpossible to pass by without noticing them. Allthe materials displayed were part of three mainexhibitions. The first one, “At a Glance, and Framethe Whole World (框住瞬間框住世界)” was a photocontest which let students frame the moments thathave left impressions in their minds and hearts.“2012 Taiwan in Your Eyes Photo Competition”was displayed in the College of Commerce andallowed viewers to vote for their favorite photos.The second exhibition called “Friendship Around(環友世界)” set up 7 international studentsbillboards in 5 places on campus. Basic informationabout them was provided. Students who werewilling to take photos with them and later oncontact and make friends with them received adiscount on the “Food Festival (美食嘉年華)”and had the chance to get a Polaroid! Last but notleast, “A small world - From NCCU to Taiwan(從政大看台灣)” was an exhibition which makesone understand how international students look atTaiwan and its people.The most anticipated events were indeed the“World Costume Parade (服裝大遊行)” and the“2012 Fashion Show,” both of which showedtraditional costumes from different countries, aswell as the “Food Festival (美食嘉年華)” whereyou could try the most exotic cuisine and traditionaldishes from all around the world. Accordingto the visitors, their favorite stands were thosecoming from Latin America, especially the onesrepresenting Panama,(巴拿馬), Saint Kitts andNevis (聖克里斯多福與尼維斯), and Belize (貝里斯).There were also a variety of interesting talentshows such as “Can You Sing in Cantonese – A FunContest (五粵天歌唱比賽)”, and “An AboriginalNight – Starry Starry Night 「原‧夜」晚會”.The list of activities is pretty much endless! Thefestival finished with its “Closing Ceremony – It’sa Sing Along Song (閉幕式),” where students fromdifferent countries sang songs of blessings andmemories using their native languages. The pleasantmelody accompanied with so many differentlanguages was the perfect ending for NCCU’s mostmulticultural and international week.Some of the most anticipated events are the “2012Fashion Show – Costume Show”, and the “WorldCostume Parade (服裝大遊行)”, which showtraditional costumes of different countries from allover the world.
ilkroadS NCCU OIC NewsletterMay. 2012http://oic.nccu.edu.tw2NAFSA Conference & Expo tokick off end MaySTORYBY Jennifer ChouA new world to studyabroad, the NetherlandsSTORY╱PHOTOBY Candy ChiuWith the purpose to stimulatethe inclination of students towardstudying overseas, the OIC (Office ofInternational Corporation) at NCCU(National Chengchi University) invitedMr. Dual Wu (吳家良), the office directorof Netherlands Education Support OfficeTaipei, on the 8th of May, 2012. Mr. Wuencouraged students to continue theirfurther studies in Holland with two mainreasons. Firstly, it ranks as the second-best nation of citizens who have strongerEnglish proficiency in Europe. Secondly,Netherlands’ advantageous geographicalenvironment enables students to pick upanother language, for instance, Spanishor French quickly.He added that during schooldays,students must cultivate their globalperspective and language proficiencyas a means to compete with other can-didates in the international job market.“If one does not develop such skills inuniversity, chances of being fooled byanother person will be greater.”“Studying in the Netherlands, infact, offers a student chances to be moreinternational and respectful of differentvoices” he said. “A Dutch can speakmore than five languages and it seemspretty common.”In the Netherlands, under-graduatesneed to spend a year in one foreignland to experience diverse cultures.Furthermore, their education has taughtstudents to tolerate other point of viewseven though they might be contradictoryto their own. For example, gay marriage,euthanasia and the sex industry are not“untouchable” issues, but rather can bediscussed freely and openly.In this day and age, finding jobsin Taiwan, America and China is stillconsidered difficult and challengingtherefore “Europe is deemed as apromised land that supplies plenty of jobopportunities” Mr. Wu expressed.Mr. Wu stated that although the localgovernment provides full scholarshipsto attract foreign pupils, according tostatistics, only less than 60 studentsin Taiwan (both undergraduates andpostgraduates) apply each year. Hehopes more and more local studentswill consider Holland when they plan tostudy abroad.( For more information on scholarshipsfor studying in the Netherlands, pleasevisit: www.neso-taipei.org.tw )Mr. Dual Wu (吳家良), the office director ofNetherlands Education Support Office Taipei,emphasizes the advantages of studying inthe Netherlands. He encourages students tograsp this precious opportunity via seminaron the 8th of May 2012 which is hosted bythe OIC.As the third and final education conferenceof the school year, NAFSA, Associationof International Educators, 2012 AnnualConference & Expo is ready to greet the warmsummer on May 27. The conference will rununtil June 1 in Houston, Texas. From May 24 toJune 7, OIC representatives Claire Tao (陶韻惠)and Caroline Tsai (蔡景雰) will not only attendthe NAFSA Conference on behalf of NationalChengchi University (NCCU), but are also goingto visit some universities.Focusing on the theme, “ComprehensiveInternationalization: Vision and Practice,”NAFSA brings into discussion issues suchas how “to infuse international, global, andcomparative content and perspective through theteaching, research and service missions of highereducation to benefit learning and discovery.”Like the other education conferences, NAFSAalso provides sessions and workshops as aplatform to promote cooperation and sharingamong schools from countries all over the world.The conference is also a good chance for the OICto expand our network of partners worldwide.Other special events include the holdingof “Taiwan Night,” where each Taiwaneseuniversity gets to invite their own guests toattend, and the arrangement of “Happy Hour,”in which the making of Chinese knotting will betaught. Several universities from Taiwan will bepresent and we will all share an exhibition stand.Besides the NAFSA conference, the mostexciting part of this trip is the visit to twouniversities in Virginia—Mary Baldwin Collegeand James Madison University. The OIC’s Headof International Education Section, ThomasSellari, has visited Mary Baldwin beforeand they have also sent students to NCCU inthe past. On the other hand, representativesfrom James Madison University have visitedNCCU and expressed interest in establishing apartnership with us. Compared to the numberof partner schools we have in other Europeanor Asian countries, we have relatively fewerpartner schools in both North and South Americaadded together. Hopefully, this trip will serve asa bridge of friendship and eventually a path tobecoming partner schools in the near future sothat students in NCCU who wish to choose theU.S. as their destination of exchange will havemore options.For the purpose of providinglocal students of NCCU withmore opportunities to establish aninternational perspective with a greatdiversity, the OIC goes out of theirway every time at such events toensure and enhance our cooperationwith schools around the globe,especially in America this time.
ilkroadS NCCU OIC NewsletterMay. 2012http://oic.nccu.edu.tw3Chinese opera with internationalstudents wishes NCCU a happy birthdayChinese opera with internationalstudents wishes NCCU a happy birthdaySTORY╱PHOTOBY Jennifer ChouAs a grand ending to the series ofcelebrations for National ChengchiUniversity’s (NCCU) 85th school anniversary,NCCU Faculty Chinese Opera Club puttogether a performance of Chinese operas atthe Armed Forces Cultural Center on May20, 2012. Members of the club starred asthe main characters of the three operas—ADrunken Beauty (《貴妃醉酒》), The Captureand Release of Cao Cao (《捉放宿店》) andA Reconciliation Gathering (《轅門射戟》).One of the highlights was the participation ofexchange students from all over the world asactors.Led by Professor Cheng Kuo (郭貞), whotaught the English course “A Journey to theWorld of Chinese Opera,” the internationalexchange students from her class participatedin two out of the three operas—as ImperialMaids in A Drunken Beauty and Soldiers andMessengers in A Reconciliation Gathering.With the audience applauding in anticipationbefore the performance, the Imperial Maidsoutdid themselves in the interpretation of theircharacters. Their gestures were graceful andtheir expressions were solemn enough to createthe atmosphere of the setting, the imperialpalace, without losing the charm of a girl.In A Reconciliation Gathering, the Soldiersshowed teamwork and discipline in theirwalks and while on watch. The climax was theentrance of the Messengers who had dialogues:Paul-Marie Rombaut and Aljosa Musikic.Rombaut’s pronunciation was praised for beingvery close to a native speaker’s. When Musikicdelivered his lines on stage, his microphonewas not turned on. Although disappointed bythis little accident, he was still glad that hisown performance went smoothly. Both operaswere performed better than the rehearsals.In the opening speech of the event, Office ofInternational Cooperation Dean Dr. Shu-hengChen (陳樹衡) said, “Learning the ChineseThe exchangestudents have a brand new experience preparingbackstage before the performance. It is the first timefor all of them to try on the wig, the makeup andthe costumes for Chinese opera. Caye’s makeup isbeing done by an experienced makeup artist.Paul-Marie Rombaut, who plays one of the two Messengers in A ConciliationGathering, is very excited about having lines to say in the play but wishes he is ableto say more lines or even sing. No matter how challenging it is for him to memorizehis lines, cues, blockings and gestures, he really enjoys the process of learningChinese opera. Although he says his lines with a little accent, he still delivers hisparts smoothly enough to win cheers from the encouraging audience.language is already hard enough for foreigners. To perform in a drama is an especiallychallenging task. And if it’s to perform in Chinese opera…it would be even more difficult.”Dr. Chen’s words directly pointed out the greatest challenge these students were facing,but he remained very positive on their efforts. The rehearsals were far from easy, and a bigpart of that was due to language problems. Mainland exchange student Bo Peng (彭博), oneof the Imperial Maids and the only exchange student who spoke Chinese, had to help theChinese opera instructors translate the directions for the other students. Abigail Ildefonsoexplained that it was hard to remember precisely when to do the next move because thecues were mostly from the lines. Musikic revealed before the performance that he wasworried about cracking up on stage, “Whenever I start talking, I start laughing. It takes tenminutes to get used to [hearing myself say the lines in Chinese].” Other than the language,Rombaut felt challenged by how to “vision the story” and “situate [himself] in the contextof the play.” The work that went into the preparation behind the scenes was strenuous.All the hard work paid off, however, when the performance received positive feedbackfrom the audience. Barbara Moi, who came to see her friend, Anissa Caye, thought that theperformance was “very interesting and provocative.” Mainland exchange student Li Zhou(周黎) had a lot of fun watching the performance. “It’s a very interesting experience to seeforeigners perform Chinese opera,” Zhou shared.This multicultural experience was just as fresh to the audience as it was to the performers.Although the school anniversary Chinese opera performance was held off campus, it stillsuccessfully attracted a large and enthusiastic audience. In the world today, where Chineseculture is becoming a major trend, perhaps there will be more opportunities to view suchcross-cultural work of art.
ilkroadS NCCU OIC NewsletterMay. 2012http://oic.nccu.edu.tw4AIESEC promotes GlobalInternship ProgramSTORYBY Vincent ChongPHOTOBY TimmyDistinguished Guests at NCCUConsejo deAdministraciónde GuatevisiónJamia Milia Islamia UniversityPhilipp University of MarburgHiroshima UniversityTallinn UniversityLomonosov Moscow State UniversityJames Madison UniversityWaseda UniversityNew Zealand President DelegationUniversity of West BohemiaHong Kong Baptist UniversitySouthern Cross Universityinstitution2012.05.032012.05.032012.05.032012.05.072012.04.272012.05.142012.05.152012.05.172012.05.212012.05.292012.05.302012.05.31GuatemalaIndiaGermanyJapanEstoniaRussiaU.S.AJapanNew ZealandCzechHong KongAustraliaNation Date of VisitInternational Association of Student inEconomics and Management (AIESEC) inTaiwan Cheng Chi University Local Committeeheld an event on May 3, 2012 to introduce theirGlobal Internship Program. They even had aunique Skype meeting with a senior currently inthe program in India to answer the audience’squestions.The Global Internship Program is held twiceannually. AIESEC seeks students who are willingto take a chance in multinational corporations,with hopes to assist them in getting a head startwhen searching for job overseas.They held a Skype meeting with intern MaoCheng Li (李茂誠), now working for Amazon inIndia, who shared his experience in the program.Li said he was very excited to be able to be anintern at Amazon Company. Being in one ofthe BRICS (Brazil, Russia, China, India, SouthAfrica), he is able to see the progress of India. “Ican see Taiwan and China from the point of viewof India,” he said. Speaking of his greatest gainsAIESEC Cheng Chi Local Committee holds its GlobalInternship Program on May 3, 2012.Wen Cheng Lai (賴文政), a speaker from the R & Ddepartment of Toshiba, explains to the students theimportance of being keen about what other countries’students are doingin the program, he pointed out the development of his global perspective andabilities. He added that he now understands more about the situation betweenIndia and Pakistan. Besides working, he still has a lot of fun in India, likeplaying basketball games with the local Indian kids for example.The vice president of AIESEC Cheng Chi University Local Committeeand representative of Youth Business Development Department for GlobalInternship Program, Timmy Shen (沈竑名), said they provide not only a workbut also a learning experience.In the presentation, AIESEC invited Wen Cheng Lai (賴文政), a speakerfrom the R & D department at Toshiba, who pointed out that being a Chineseand English bilingual is a good advantage. He stressed that students need tohave international perspective. “It is important to know what the people next toyou are doing,” Lai said. Lai pointed out that university students shouldn’t beafraid of publishing their thesis in periodicals so that they can get feedback ontheir work. At the end, he gave the audience the tip that every student shouldknow their own SWOT (Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats).When asked whether the Global Internship Program is only for commercemajors, Shen clarified that the program is open to all students. The companieswill accept students from any major, as long as they are willing to be dedicatedto the internship. “In the future, AIESEC may have a new program for studentsbesides commerce majors to look for internships overseas,” Shen said.Representative of Youth Business Development Department for GlobalInternship Program Timmy Shen (沈竑名) stresses that the program is notjust an internship but also a valuable learning experience.
ilkroadS NCCU OIC NewsletterMay. 2012http://oic.nccu.edu.twPublisher: Dean of OIC, Dr. Shu-Heng ChenExecutive Committee: Office of International CooperationNational Chengchi University, Taipei, TaiwanAddress: No.64, Sec.2, ZhiNan Rd., Wenshan District,Taipei City 11605, Taiwan (R.O.C)Tel: +886-2-29387102Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgEditor: Barbara MoiCoordinator: Kelly WangCampus Reporters: Jennifer Chou, Candy Chiu,Tina Cheng, Vincent Chong,Daniel Guzman BrimanGraphic Designer: Araceli ChenSILKROAD NEWSLETTERINFORMATION2012 Taipei Model United Nations(TMUN) held by Youth Association ofInternational ConferenceSTORYBY Tina ChengPHOTOBY ChiaYing Liu5lives. Most of the delegates of SOCHUMare concerned about the equality of fooddistribution this year and devoted themselvesto solving the serious problem of starvationand hunger. Delegates representing differentcountries came up with short-term solutionsand set a practicable long-term goal.Moreover, the Economic and Social Councilalso plays an important role in UnitedNations, initiating reports with respect toeconomy-related international matters. Inlight of the current European debt crisis,the issues related to financial crisis andeconomic growth were emphasized byECOSOC this year.During the conference, the MemberStates of each committee fully and activelyparticipated in the session, deliver their ownstatements and exchange viewpoints withother delegates. Delegates of all countriesdesperately seek the opportunity to promoteideas to protect their interests and eliminateexisting conflicts with the Member States.The Member States have to cooperatewith one another to come up with at leastone draft resolution of each committee. It’sa formal document that not only shows thegeneral direction of each committee butalso illustrates the consensus reached by theMember States during the conference.In addition to intensive sessions anddiscussions, there are also other eventsYouth Association of InternationalConference (YAIC) held the 2012 TaipeiModel United Nations (TMUN) at NationalChengchi University (NCCU) from May25 to May 27. Nearly 200 students frommore than 15 universities gathered at NCCUto participate in the event and act as thedelegates of different countries.Model United Nations consist of fourcommittees: General Assembly Plenary (GA-Plenary), Social, Humanitarian and CulturalCommittee (SOCHUM), Economic andSocial Council (ECOSOC) and SecurityCouncil (SC).The General Assembly Plenary representsthe General Assembly, which is the mainpolicy-making organization in the UnitedNations. This year’s topic of GA-Plenaryfocuses on nuclear safety. All the delegatestried to reach a consensus on actions toprevent nuclear accidents and the disposal ofradiation materials. The Social, Humanitarianand Cultural Committee is one of the sixspecialized subcommittees of the GeneralAssembly which aims to protect worldwidehuman rights, promote international peaceand work towards improving the people’sDelegates in Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee are concerned about thefood distribution issue this year. The sessions are frequently suspended for morediscussion time.during the conference. YAIC invitesseveral keynote speakers, such as aretired ambassador, AIT officials andprofessors to deliver speeches and holdsocial events for delegates to have achance to get acquainted.“All the delegates activelyparticipate in the discussion and I reallyappreciate all the ideas that they comeup with,” said Janet Cheng, the delegateof Italy in SOCHUM and a sophomorestudent from Tunghai University. “It’smy honor to be part of 2012 TMUNand this is really an unforgettableexperience that I have had,” added byJanet Cheng.Participants of 2012TMUN desperately lookfor the opportunity todeliver their opinionand propose severalsolutions and projects toseek the approval fromother Member States.