Taiwan university signs MOU with Philippine counterpart

Taiwan university signs MOU with Philippine counterpart

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Santo Tomas (UST) of the Philippines to forge closer ties for future cooperation.

NTUST Vice President Bernard C. Jiang (江行全) signed the agreement on behalf of the university in Manila on Friday along with UST Vice President Richard G. Ang.

Under the MOU, the two schools will mainly pursue research partnerships and student and faculty exchanges.

At the signing ceremony, Jiang said it was an honor for NTUST to sign the MOU with UST, which was founded more than 400 years ago and is the oldest university in Asia and is also one of the largest Catholic universities in the world with more than 40,000 students.

Jiang mentioned two Filipino students, Rex Aurelius C. Robielos and Hana Astrid Canseco, who are currently enrolled in NTUST doctorate programs and said he hoped more Filipino students would enroll there under the new MOU partnerships.

Jiang and his delegation arrived in Manila on Thursday to sign the MOU and discuss details of future cooperation with the Philippine university.

Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Gary Song-huann Lin (林松煥) witnessed the signing ceremony.

Lin said the agreement is expected to lay a good foundation for better interaction between the two universities and will also help Taiwan and the Philippines improve their friendship and boost the mutual understanding among the people of the two countries.

"UST is not only the oldest university in Asia, but has also produced many, many outstanding professionals and high-ranking officials," Lin said in a statement released by the UST.

Lin said there were many cultural and historical similarities between Taiwan and the Philippines, and these similarities, coupled with the two countries' geographic proximity, will encourage mutually beneficial economic advancements.

According to Lin, Taiwan is among the top trading partners of the Philippines and more than 120,000 Filipino laborers currently work in Taiwan, indicating a close economic relationship between the two countries.

(By Emerson Lin and Frances Huang)

Updated : 2020-12-03 10:31 GMT+08:00