UCLA Chancellor Leads Delegation to Meet NTU President
Chancellor Gene Block of the University of California, Los Angeles, led senior UCLA officials to Taipei for a meeting with NTU President Pan-Chyr Yang on July 5. The visit is the second visit of UCLA officials to NTU and marks a new phase in collaborations and partnerships between the two institutions.
Currently, NTU has partnerships with over 435 institutions in 56 countries, as well as extensive student exchange programs that offer over 313 options for student travel and exchange. NTU has hosted 64 exchange students from UCLA during the past decade. These students are only a portion of the over 3,300 international students and 996 study abroad students at NTU.
Taiwanese students comprise the sixth largest study abroad population in the United States. At UCLA, their presence in the study abroad population ranks fourth. NTU also has 52 full-time faculty members across nine colleges who are UCLA alumni. These close ties set the stage for future collaboration and possible joint degree programs between the two institutions.
During the meeting, officials of the two universities discussed NTU’s recent collaborations and investments, possible collaboration with the Center for Taiwan Studies and NTU’s diverse Summer+ Programs. Because UCLA’s academic semester and NTU’s semester begin and end around the same time, there is no obstacle to cooperation on summer programs. The two universities also expressed their openness to dual degrees. NTU already has 41 dual degree programs and hopes to create more connections through the medical school and accounting program in particular.