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Indonesian university establishes first Taiwan studies center

An agreement was signed with the aim of facilitating exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in academia.

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A Taiwanese official representing the Ministry of Education signed an agreement with Indonesia's Binus University.

A Taiwanese official representing the Ministry of Education signed an agreement with Indonesia's Binus University. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Indonesia’s Binus University (Universitas Bina Nusantara) announced the establishment of a Taiwan studies center on Wednesday after the university signed an agreement with a Taiwanese official representing the country’s Ministry of Education (MOE).

The Central News Agency (CNA) reported that Chen Chung (陳忠), official at the Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO), which functions as Taiwan's de facto embassy in Jakarta, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Bernard Gunawan, chief executive officer at Binus University, and other senior staff of the university on academic exchanges between the two countries, which includes the establishment of a Taiwan studies center.

Chen said the agreement would be the first one for which Taiwanese and Indonesian universities collaborate over Taiwan studies with the aim of facilitating academic exchanges between the two countries.

Gunawan said in an interview with the CNA that the agreement marked a significant milestone in cooperation between Taiwan’s universities and Binus University, which already had had some collaborative projects with schools in Taiwan.

Gunawan also said that through the agreement, he hoped to push more students of both countries to study abroad in Taiwan or Indonesia.

The Taiwan Studies Center will be sponsored by the MOE, according to the CNA report. The sponsorship includes opening courses on Taiwan studies at Binus University, organizing exchange programs between students and faculty members of the two countries, and publishing research studies related to Taiwan affairs.

The Taiwanese government has been pursuing a "New Southbound Policy" which emphasizes the strengthening of links with countries in South and Southeast Asia, including Indonesia.


Updated : 2022-05-21 21:53 GMT+08:00