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Date: 2015/04/28

IHS Hosts 2014 UBIAS Directors Meeting for the First Time in Asia

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.

    IHS hosts UBIAS Directors Meeting on November 27-33, 2014.
    Image: Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

NTU’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IHS) had the honor of hosting the 2014 UBIAS Directors Meeting at the new Conference Center of the new College of Social Science Building on Nov. 27-30. UBIAS is a select global consortium of “University-Based Institutes of Advanced Learning,” headquartered at FRIAS of Freiburg University in Germany. UBIAS is the brainchild and creation of Freiburg University professor Werner Frick. IAR of Nagoya University offered support and FRIAS offered administrative assistance for the staging of this conference.

NTU President Pan-Chyr Yang (楊泮池) opened the 2014 Directors Meeting by welcoming the UBIAS leaders from around the world to NTU campus, and inviting them to meet and engage with the talented faculty and students here. Next, Dr. Carsten Dose, managing director of FRIAS, expressed his sincere thanks to the conference hosts, and his hopes for a rich and stimulating meeting. Finally, the first keynote speaker, Professor Hideyo Kunieda, Vice President of Nagoya University, spoke on the importance of networking and increased interaction among advanced level scholars. He stressed that building bridges among the UBIAS members can not only accelerate research synergy but increase the chances for creativity and breakthroughs for the betterment of human life.

The 2014 Directors Meeting had a twofold purpose: first, to highlight the importance and special features of thinking from East Asia and showcase the major large-scale research programs at IHS, and second, to stir discussions on issues of concern to UBIAS leaders. The UBIAS leaders from around the world were moved and excited to learn about the perspectives and special concerns of scholars in East Asia, and found much to ponder while learning about the IHS research programs in East Asian perspective.

IHS Dean Chun-Chieh Huang (黃俊傑) delivered the second keynote address explaining the what, how, and why of thinking from East Asian. A similar forum was held on Thinking from Latin America and Iberia. Issues of concern to UBIAS leaders were explored in sessions on UBIAS Impact on Research: Special Features of UBIAS Institutes, the Sao Paulo – Nagoya Intercontinental Academy 2015 on Time, Building and Sustaining Creativity, Creativity and Indisciplinarity, Cooperation among UBIAS Institutes, Contributions of Science and Technology to UBIAS Institutes, Impact Humanities and Social Sciences: Delivering the Message, and so forth.

Finally, besides attending a book launch, Chinese banquets, and a Chinese music performance, Meeting attendees went on a cultural, historical, and natural tour of Taipei, including the Confucius and Baoan Temples, Chiang Kai-shek’s Grass Mountain Retreat, the residual volcano on Yangming Mountain.

IHS Dean Huang observed that the Meeting attendees were visibly struck by the many splendored phenomena of Taiwan, including the excellence of NTU’s research, the richness of Taiwan’s local cultures, the beauty of her natural scenery, and the kindness and hospitality of her people. Indeed, many of the Meeting attendees declared that Taiwan was the best gateway to enter the East Asia experience. FRIAS managing director Carsten Dose felt charmed at every turn in Taiwan, and declared the 2014 UBIAS Directors Meeting a great success―not only for opening the gateway to Taiwan and East Asia but for bringing the UBIAS members closer together with a stronger sense of intellectual community and mission. He declared, “We feel closer, more cohesive and robust, ready to engage in further outreach, collaboration, and cooperation.”

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