Strengthening Cultural Exchanges: Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) and Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Officials Engage with Mainland Chinese Students at NTU

Publish Date:2023-06-09 00:00:00

Director Cheng-Yi Lee and Section Chief Li-Jen Hsu from the Department of Cultural Affairs of the Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF), along with Assistance Director-General Hui-Chen Sheng from the Department of Cultural and Educational Affairs of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), visited NTU on March 24, 2023. The reception was hosted by Andrew Tsung, the Executive Director for International Affairs at the Office of International Affairs, and Jing-Ting Jhao, the Division Director of the Overseas Students Advising Division at the Office of Student Affairs.

During their visit, they held meetings with seven representatives of mainland Chinese students, including both degree and exchange students. The discussions revolved around various topics such as the students' academic performance, living conditions, and overall counseling support provided to mainland Chinese students. Through the students' shared experiences and inquiries, the attendees gained a deeper understanding of the specific needs and concerns of mainland Chinese students studying in Taiwan.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020, the student exchange programs between NTU and partner universities in mainland China had been suspended for six consecutive semesters. Finally, in the current semester (Spring Semester 2022/2023 AY), the exchange programs have been resumed, providing a valuable opportunity for students to come to Taiwan for academic and cultural exchanges. The students expressed their gratitude for this opportunity. Moreover, some students shared that prior to their arrival in Taiwan, they had anticipated a high level of cultural similarity due to the shared language. However, their actual experiences in Taiwan brought about several cultural shocks, resulting in unforgettable memories.

Towards the end of the meeting, the officials encouraged mainland Chinese students to not only strive for academic excellence but also actively seek opportunities to forge friendships with like-minded individuals. They also urged the students to make the most of their time in Taiwan by exploring and appreciating the diverse landscapes and cultural aspects throughout the island.