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NTHU Establishes Student Exchange Program with NTUA
On October 25 NTHU and the National Taiwan University of Arts (NTUA) signed an agreement establishing an educational alliance, including a student exchange program. Starting from the 2019 school year, each school could send up to ten exchange students to study different subjects at the partner school without having to pay additional tuition.
 
At the signing ceremony NTHU president Hocheng Hong said that NTUA is the oldest university of arts in the country, with a long list of distinguished alumni, including film directors Ang Lee and Hou Hsiao-hsien; musician Ma Shui-long; and painter-scholar Huang Kuang-nan. Thus he encourages interested NTHU students to participate in this exchange program.
 
President Hocheng also said that the main goal of such exchange program is to provide more cross-disciplinary learning opportunity for students on both campuses. Since 2011, NTHU has entered into similar exchange agreements with the Taipei National University of Arts (TNUA) and the Tainan National University of Arts (TNNUA). As a result, in the past seven years 130 NTHU students have enrolled at these two schools to study subjects such as film production, new media art, and theater design, demonstrating that lots of NTHU students are eager to gain an in-depth knowledge in various areas of the arts. As for the students at these two universities of the arts who have come to NTHU, most have taken courses in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
 
President Hocheng further indicated that NTUA offers a wide variety of courses through its colleges of fine arts, design, communication, and performing arts, and has an outstanding reputation in the areas of visual communication design and multimedia animation. Thus NTUA provides excellent learning opportunity for students of science and engineering, as well as for students interested in taking advanced courses in such subjects as western painting, Chinese painting, and calligraphy.
 
Referring to Chuang-tze’s doctrine of “the usefulness of the useless,” President Hocheng said that previously people didn’t give much importance to arts, but nowadays people in the disciplines of education and medicine have begun to make use of the power of arts.
 
NTUA president Chen Chih-cheng said that the greatness of a nation depends not only on science and technology, but also the arts and humanities. He added that in addition to its long list of famous alumni, the younger generation of NTUA students are also beginning to shine forth. For example, recently an NTUA student won the Animation Award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival, and the writer and director of the television miniseries Teenage Psychic and the director of the Taipei Film Festival are both NTUA alumni.
 
Chang Yuan-chieh, director of the Center of Continue Education at NTHU, said that as a member of the University System of Taiwan, NTHU already has extensive academic and research exchanges with domestic universities such as National Yang Ming University, National Chiao Tung University, and National Central University. With this new aggrement, NTHU will have student exchange agreements with seven universities, including National Chengchi University and National Dong Hwa University.
 
Director Chang also said that exchange students are given the same rights and benefits as regular students in terms of housing, facilities, and course selection. He said that this provides exchange students the opportunity to have a more complete learning experience, adding that, “despite of the limited number of tuition weavers, many students are even willing to participate at their own expense."
 
Shiau Ming-twen, assistant dean of NTHU’s College of Arts, was instrumental in arranging this exchange program, and as a graduate and former teacher of NTUA he is confident that NTUA’s curriculum will provide NTHU students with an expanded educational horizon.
 
 
Shen Yuting, a junior in the Department of Special Education at NTHU, said that she was overjoyed when she heard about the new exchange agreement. When she was in high school, she won an award for a microfilm she produced, and is now planning to apply to the program so that she can study scriptwriting at NTUA. As Shen puts it, “I want to work in scriptwriting in the future. The special education courses I have studied will not be in vain, since a good screenwriter can also serve as a voice for the disadvantaged.”
 
NTHU and NTUA have recently entered into an educational alliance, including a student exchange program.

NTHU and NTUA have recently entered into an educational alliance, including a student exchange program.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong (left) and NTUA president Chen Chih-cheng at the signing ceremony.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong (left) and NTUA president Chen Chih-cheng at the signing ceremony.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong (left), NTUA president Chen Chih-cheng (right), and Shen Yuting, a junior in the Department of Special Education at NTHU.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong (left), NTUA president Chen Chih-cheng (right), and Shen Yuting, a junior in the Department of Special Education at NTHU.

A number of art students have already come to NTHU to study electrical engineering and computer science.

A number of art students have already come to NTHU to study electrical engineering and computer science.

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