National Taiwan University (NTU) has taken a further step in developing its relationship with Peking University by starting cooperation in academic exchanges, NTU president Lee Si-chen (李嗣涔) said yesterday.
Lee made the remarks on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of an exhibition featuring the development of cooperation between NTU and the Beijing-based university.
The exhibition, which runs until May 29 at NTU’s main library, showcases old documents and pictures, as well as several valuable rare (old) book collections.
The presidents of the two schools signed three memorandums of understanding covering administrative procedures for inviting guest and adjunct professors, holding seminars on environmental issues and increasing the number of exchange students from two to 10 per year.
“In the past, exchanges were limited to individuals, mainly professors,” Lee said. “Now the system has developed into a top-down pattern that can solve many difficulties.”
“Both schools have many similarities,” Peking University -president Zhou Qifeng (周其鳳) said. “We share the same educational philosophy and we both strive to be world-class universities. There are many things we can do together to help each other.”
China is facing problems while going through urbanization, Zhou said, and Taiwan can share its past experience in this regard.
At the same time, Taiwanese and Chinese students can experience the different ambience and culture of the two schools, broadening their horizons, he said, adding that there are currently about 300 Taiwanese studying at Peking University.
“Each school has its own features and specialties and mutual cooperation can help students learn from these different aspects,” Zhou said.