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NCHU and Sri Lanka Jointly Organize Fourth International Online Seminar Across Oceans

2020-11-02 16:14:57
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Source: Office of International Affairs, National Chung Hsing University/Adam Shih

National Chung Hsing University (NCHU) alongside with one of its Sri Lanka's sister Universities, University of Peradeniya, as well as University of Colombo, University of Kelaniya, University of Uva Wellassa and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura held the 4th Annual “Taiwan-Sri Lanka Academic Exchange Networking” Webinar. In addition to the previous themes of energy, environment and nanotechnology, this academic event also focused on water and soil pollution, waste treatment, biomedical technology development, solar energy recycling, and other focused issues, bringing in the recent emergence of "sustainability" of humanistic reflection in the academic field of environmental energy. Since 2020 is the year at which the newly-emerged COVID-19 epidemics are rampant, the topics of environmental health and disease prevention are seemly more urgent for both sides.

In 2017, with the support of the Ministry of Education, NCHU established the "Taiwan-Sri Lanka Academic Exchange Network" as a base to promote integrated exchanges in a systematic manner. In June of that year, a delegation of Sri Lankan scholars arrived at NCHU and signed a memorandum of understanding to begin academic cooperation in the areas of exchange visits, student exchanges, and academic research. The webinar this year, "Beyond Islands: Academic Networking between Taiwan and Sri Lanka," was opened by Prof. Chang-Hsien Yang, Vice-President of NCHU; hosted by Distinguished Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs, NCHU and Distinguished Professor Hsi-Harng Yang, Deputy Vice-President for International Affairs, NCHU, with the aim of promoting academic cooperation in the areas of exchange visits, student exchanges, and academic research. This webinar also served as the overture of future cooperation of Taiwan Comprehensive University System (TCUS).

The participants from Sri Lanka included Prof. K. M. Nalin de Silva, Prof. Namal Priyantha, Prof. W. Rohini M. de Silva, Prof. A. Pitawala, Dr. Jagath Pitawala, Dr. Varuni Jayasooriya, Prof. L B D R P Wijesundera and Dr. (Mrs.) V.P.A. Weerasinghe; As for the visiting scholars, NCHU invited Prof. Tung-Wen Sun, Dean of International & Cross-Strait Affairs, Vice President of National Chi Nan University, Prof. Chen-Hao Wang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Prof. Kan-Lin Hsueh, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, National United University. Professors from NCHU, including Prof. Jenn-Ming Song, Prof. Shu-Chi Chang, Prof. Chen-Yu Yeh, Prof. Congo Tak-Shing Ching, Prof. Chih-Liang Wang, and Prof. W. L. Deng, also participated in this online seminar and delivered speeches on various topics of their area of expertise.

In view of the fact that Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ocean Atmosphere, and Telemetry are areas that are lacking but in demand in Sri Lanka, and in order to promote Taiwan's New Southbound Policy, it is hoped that this type of webinar will lay a foundation of mutual benefit and become a regular academic activity, deepen the contact and integration between the Sri Lankan and Taiwanese academic community, and in order to increase visibility of Formosa in the Land of Helas.
On Thursday, 29 October, a Webinar (online seminar) was held at Chung Hsing University by the Office of International Affairs of NCHU.

On Thursday, 29 October, a Webinar (online seminar) was held at Chung Hsing University by the Office of International Affairs of NCHU.

Prof. Tung-Wen Sun, Dean of International & Cross-Strait Affairs, Vice President of National Chi Nan University delivering the opening remarks for the webinar at NCHU.

Prof. Tung-Wen Sun, Dean of International & Cross-Strait Affairs, Vice President of National Chi Nan University delivering the opening remarks for the webinar at NCHU.

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