“Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together brings greater success”. An invaluable insight of the remarkable visionary, Henry Ford, that highlighted the significance of collaboration, not just then but today, as well. Transcending the bounds of industries, societies, and countries, collaboration is key in the progressive growth and sustainable development across the board. And our educational sector is no different. It plays an integral role in enriching academic curriculum along with enhancing practical life skills and evolving a holistic outlook through multidimensional exposure to diverse cultures, innovative approaches, and a vast pool of knowledge & resources.
Expanding on its international collaborative network, the American International University – Bangladesh (AIUB) forged a strategic partnership with the National Taichung University of Education (NTCU), Taiwan, aiming towards mutually advancing the research capacities, elevating academic programs, and exchanging ideas. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on the 5th of October 2021, through a virtual signing ceremony between the institutions on the Google Meet platform. The agreement was endorsed by Dr. Ru-Jer Wang, the President of NTCU and Dr. Carmen Z. Lamagna, the Vice Chancellor of AIUB, both of whom shared their thoughts on the pathway for moving forward in executing the MoU. Dr. Eric Chu, a Professor in the Department of International Business and the Dean of the Office of International Affairs at NTCU shared his hopeful remarks on the actualization of the alliance, followed by Mr. Manzur H. Khan, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science & Technology (FST) and the Director for the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), who also expressed his keen interests for implementing various programs under the signed agreement. The collaborative partnership was facilitated by Ms. Hui-Yi Yung, from the Division of International & Cross-strait Affairs at NTCU and Ms. Shama Islam, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing of the Faculty of Business Administration and the Special Assistant in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Student Affairs at AIUB.
After a brief discussion on the distinct aspects of training programs and cultural exchanges, the institutions proactively set out the plans for establishing a constructive collaboration that will add value for the students and staff of both AIUB and NTCU in the long run.