A delegation of senior representatives from some of Taiwan’s top universities visited the City Centre Campus last month to learn about Birmingham City University’s practice-based approach to education.
The visit on Tuesday 24 September saw 35 representatives in attendance from the prestigious Paradigm Technological Universities (PTU) programme. PTU is Taiwan’s ambitious plan to bring together industry and higher education across a number of key areas including green technology, high technology and the creative industries.
The British Council and Taipei Representative Office in London chose the University to host the senior delegation as part of their work to find out how to harness the power of practice-based learning and teaching, and to look at the ways in which the University works with business.
Professor Bashir Makhoul, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the delegation and spoke about the University’s proud tradition of work with industry. His introduction was followed by a speech by Min-Hsu Chao, President of the National Chin-Yi University of Technology and the leader of the delegation, who spoke about the PTU’s ambitions for the global economy.
Gabriel Ceballos, Assistant Director for the International Office, said: “The University’s work was of great interest to the delegation and we were approached by a large number of representatives to discuss the work further.”
John Kirk, Director of the International Office, commented: “We share with these leading universities the goal of remaining relevant to society and the economy, and there is much that we can learn from them. Taiwan is a key player in the global economy and developing understanding and mutual-benefit collaboration with their Universities is a very positive contribution to the academic experience of our students and also to their professional career prospects.”