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NCKU president lai envision the world

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NCKU president lai envision the world

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

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