The University of Taipei (UT) recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in an effort to help the university become one of the top 500 universities in the world.
UT President Tai Hsia-ling (戴遐齡) said on Tuesday that her vision is to help the university become one of the best, to be ranked in the top 500 in the world, and signing the MOU with IIT Delhi was definitely a step ahead in that direction.
The MOU states mutual agreements and collaborations both universities have agreed upon, which include projects such as exchanges of teaching and learning resources, faculty and student exchanges for research purposes, and also work on joint research projects.
The UT also agreed to offer scholarship to 10 students per year from the Indian college, which would provide a financial assistance of up to NT$90,000 (US$2,900) per semester, airfare, accommodation and living cost.
As for IIT Delhi’s part, the university will provide free boarding and lodging and monthly allowance of 5,000 Indian rupees (US$79) to exchange students from the Taiwanese university.
Bodh Raj Mehta, dean of the research and development department of IIT Delhi, said he was optimistic about the collaboration. He mentioned that IIT Delhi and UT are about the same size and face similar challenges.
Tai said she was committed to improving UT’s global ranking as it is crucial to have a high worldwide ranking in order to attract more international students.
As a part of her plan, UT is currently building connections with overseas schools such as IIT Delhi and looking forward to expand its academic exchanges with Nangyang Technological University in Singapore and also Illinois State University in the US, said Tai.
The University of Taipei is 120 years old and its current global ranking stands at no. 2,934, while in Taiwan it is ranked 67th best university. The rankings are according to Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, a site that is run by the largest public research body in Spain.