TCU has been collaborating, through various teaching and research programs, with universities in Taiwan and overseas, such as Andrews University, USA; Middlesex University, UK; Mahidol University, Thailand; and Naresuan University, Thailand. TCU has a new partner, and on March 25, 2020, TCU president Ingrid Y Liu and National Sun Yat-Sen University president Ying-Yao Cheng signed an academic collaboration agreement on behalf of the two universities
President Ingrid Y Liu spoke on “From Sizihwan to the Pacific Ocean: University Impact” in an address to National Sun Yat-Sen University’s deans and administrators. TCU is 67th in THE University Impact Rankings 2019, 10th in Asia and first in Taiwan. President Liu shared TCU’s experience in achieving this: “Tzu Chi Foundation established its first educational institution in 1989, and our founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen instituted Tzu Chi’s educational principles for all Tzu Chi schools. Since its inception in 1994, Tzu Chi University has been following Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s educational principles and carried them out thoroughly. These principles match the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals very well.”
Both TCU and National Sun Yat-Sen University face the sea, with mountains behind us, and we have been dedicated to working with other institutions and opening to students around the world. President Ying-Yao Cheng pointed out that “National Sun Yat-Sen University and Tzu Chi University signed an academic collaboration agreement today, and from now on, we will work on training more researchers and enabling students to take courses offered by our two universities. Moreover, through the exchange programs of faculty members and students, we wish to enhance medical research in both eastern and southern Taiwan.”
Through this agreement, both universities wish to expand collaboration in teaching and research. Since we complement each other well, we will assist students to take courses offered by our two universities, letting them join together in providing voluntary services overseas, and collaborating in biomedical research. We anticipate our two universities working together closely, in teaching and research, and becoming a collaboration model for higher education in Taiwan.