New Horizons and Opportunities Presented at NTU Study Abroad Fair
The 2020/2021 NTU Study Abroad Fair was held on November 9 at the Main Library and Shih-Liang Chien Lecture Hall. The opening ceremony was presided over by President Chung-Ming Kuan (管中閔). In his remarks, he encouraged the students to explore the world and promised the university would do its best to facilitate their studies abroad, with one of the concrete measures being to offer student exchange scholarships.
The NTU Office of International Affairs organizes the Study Abroad Fair each year, and this year’s 12th edition was the most impressive in scale. The fair was joined by representatives and incoming exchange students from 104 partner universities in 26 countries, as well as outgoing exchange students of NTU, with booths set up by NTU’s 6 strategic partners and many other renowned universities. According to the statistics, over 1,200 NTU students participate in exchange programs, dual degree programs, and short-term programs every academic year, making NTU the university with the most exchange students in Taiwan.
A great success, the fair drew over 1,500 visitors. Students who had studied abroad were invited to share their experiences with respect to the fair’s theme: “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Representative offices of the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and so on offered the latest information about studying in those countries. This year, a Best Booth Campaign was held to encourage visitor engagement and feedback. Also, over 30 people won prizes from a lucky draw for submitting satisfaction surveys. The prizes ranged from an Apple Watch S5 to subsidies for study abroad programs, which will hopefully encourage the winners to set off on their academic journeys abroad!
The Study Abroad Fair not only allowed the students to gain a better understanding of NTU’s partner universities, it also gave them the opportunity to find out more about the various overseas educational programs offered by NTU. The students were encouraged to accept the challenges of improving their foreign language skills, furthering their studies, and familiarizing themselves with different cultures by studying abroad. This kind of mobility and cross-cultural knowledge would in turn help them excel on the international stage. The Study Abroad Fair received positive feedback in the media, which also created a special niche for attracting outstanding high school students to study at NTU in the future.
The next NTU Study Abroad Fair is scheduled to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Those who are interested in participating in overseas educational programs and alumni who would like to share their experiences are all cordially welcome.
For more information, please visit the website of the Office of International Affairs: https://oia.ntu.edu.tw/.
This article is also featured in No. 75 of NTU Highlights (December, 2019).