New prestigious Taiwanese partner universities for the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences
On June 22nd 2016, the National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech) and the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) signed a cooperation agreement with the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences. Thus, a high-level delegation visiting Austria led to a deepening of collaboration between Austrian and Taiwanese universities and allowed the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences to secure two initiated cooperation contracts.
The high-level delegation consisted of members of the Taiwanese Ministry of Education and senior officials from Taiwanese universities. They were accompanied by the Austrian Exchange Service, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and representatives of several Austrian universities.
According to the executing organizers (Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy Department of Internationalization of Universities and Austrian Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences), the intended cooperation aims at tightening collaboration between Austria and Taiwan in science, research and economy. The East-Asian country of Taiwan has been envied for its extraordinary economic growth in recent decades. With 23.5 million inhabitants, Taiwan – a technically, highly advanced industrialized nation – is now the world's second largest supplier of semiconductor products, PC motherboards and notebooks.
The new partner universities of FH Kufstein Tirol
Both the Kufstein University's new cooperating partners are universities which, in the past, have achieved impressive results in the fields of engineering sciences.
The National Taipei University of Technology (Taipei Tech) was established in 1912 and is one of the oldest universities in Taiwan. With 17 Bachelor's, 26 Master's and 16 doctoral programs, the university is devoted to technology, design and management. The Kufstein University's Managing Director Prof. Thomas Madritsch PhD explains: "Today, the Memorandum of Understanding between Taipei Tech and the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences was signed with President Prof. Leehter Yao, a highly-decorated scientist, representing the new Taiwanese partner. He elaborates: "The agreement ensures that our students can experience exciting stays abroad at an excellent university of technology."
The National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) was founded in 1974. It is home to about 10,000 students and counts nearly 70,000 graduates. Additionally, it can pride itself on a number of internationally recognized certifications. Taiwan Tech was also represented by the university’s President Prof. Ching-Jong Liao, scientist, editor and recipient of numerous research awards.
The cooperation with these two universities aims at continuous research collaboration and the further development of students' and teachers' mobility. The Kufstein University of Applied Sciences' Managing Director states, "The internationalization strategy of Kufstein University is further strengthened by the successful conclusion of cooperation contracts. The two new partners perfectly complement our current network and we are looking forward to our future collaboration.”