National Taiwan University (NTU) cemented a sisterhood relationship with the University of Tokyo (UT) yesterday, turning a new page in the ever-growing cultural and educational exchanges between Taiwan and Japan.
NTU president Chen Wei-jao (陳維昭) and UT president Takeshi Sasaki signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of sisterhood ties and bilateral academic exchanges in a ceremony held at an NTU conference hall in Taipei.
It marked the first time that the UT has signed a cooperative agreement with a Taiwanese university.
Chen said he hoped that cooperation with the prestigious Japanese university can contribute to NTU's international goals.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two universities will exchange students, cooperate on projects in various fields and share information and resources, as well as co-sponsoring workshops and academic forums.
UT is the oldest university in Japan and famous in the international community for its academic achievements.
NTU's predecessor -- Taipei Imperial University -- and UT belonged to the same imperial university system during Japan's rule of Taiwan.
The two universities are similar in size. NTU has 27,000 students, while UT enrollments now number 28,000.
Both NTU and UT are members of the Association of East Asian Research Universities, which was founded in 1996 by the member university presidents as a forum for allowing research-oriented universities in East Asia to exchange faculty and students, develop common curriculums and transfer credits, share facilities, information and materials, cooperate on research projects and conduct other mutually beneficial academic endeavors.
Both Chen and Sasaki have served as association president.