Mobility Brings Itself in Return: NCHU-NWAFU Experience

Mobility Brings Itself in Return: NCHU-NWAFU Experience

27 Mar 2019 15:00 15:20

27-March-2019 / Wednesday / 15:00 - 15:20


During the 2018 study tour to NWAFU, we discovered the value of the networking of the students. The visiting students from Taiwan mingled with the local student helpers very well, because they speak the same language, share the cultural memory, and are not afraid to deal with the cultural shock. It is a good starting-point for the students to teach themselves about diversity. Afterwards, we initiate “Taiwan-motif Research Exchange Project” aiming to recruit the graduate students from Mainland China bound for Taiwan in the spring semester from 2019. During then, students will also be given the opportunity to participate a World Café-style session to discuss the contemporary issues of agriculture and rural development. Taking food security for an example, the researches in Mainland China tend to focus on the demand and the productivity of its population, and the necessity of self-efficiency. In contrast, Taiwan relies heavily on the open trade, and is concerned with the trade-off, such as the importation of the radioactive food. We encourage the students from both sides to look at the challenge from different angles, to dig deeper by listening to others, and to find the academic collaboration possibilities.

We would deliberate how we make use of the faculty’s and the students’ networking with Northwest A&F University (NWAFU), find the opportunity to develop the cross-strait graduate-level laboratory internship “Taiwan-motif Research Exchange Project,” and encourage student mobility from the top four agricultural universities in Mainland China toward Taiwan. Nowadays, there is no social issue that could be solved with a single approach. NCHU and NWAFU both enjoy their reputation in agriculture and forestry, and have complementary strengths for each other. In pursuit of academic outcome and social impact, the purpose of the “Taiwan-motif Research Exchange Project” is to educate the participating students with a global-citizen mindset, being knowledgeable, caring and capable of team-work. It is both natural and educational to move the focus of a student mobility program from cultural exchange to knowledge sharing. Our four brief points are,

  1. There is no problem out there that one can solve by him/herself,
  2. In mobility lies the opportunity to develop the students’ problem awareness,
  3. To conduct talent incubation beyond home universities,
  4. Students walk out of the comfort zone, and come back with inclusivity.


Ms Chia Jung Sung 
Office of International Affairs,
National Chung Hsing University,

In Office of International Affairs, I am able to take a close look at how the tendency of international academic exchange keeps modifying the basic principles of higher education in Taiwan. The poster session is based by my experience of leading a study tour to NWAFU in Mainland China.