21 January 2011

Sheffield strengthens ties with Taiwan

The University of Sheffield has signed an agreement with a Taiwanese University, which will see both institutions engage in activities such as staff and student exchanges, collaborative research and summer schools.

Vice Chancellor and guests at the reception

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Sheffield and National Chung Hsing University in Taichung was signed on18 January 2011 by Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Dr Jei-Fu Shaw, President of National Chung Hsing University. The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre at the University, and Mr Miles Stevenson, Director of Development at the University.

To coincide with the signing of the agreement, the University held its first ever alumni drinks’ reception in Taiwan, at the Hotel ONE in Taichung. With over 600 former students living in Taiwan, it was the ideal opportunity to host such an event. Professor Keith Burnett was joined by Professor Lenny Koh, Mr Miles Stevenson and representatives from NCHU, together with almost 60 alumni. It was a highly successful evening and has enabled the University to build and strengthen relationships with our alumni and to re-engage them in the life and work of the University.

The University of Sheffield has a long and established relationship with Taiwan, with the first students from the country graduating in 1969. Professor Keith Burnett said: “The University of Sheffield is very pleased to announce this five-year agreement with National Ching Hsing University. We are looking forward to developing closer academic relations in a range of areas and seeing our staff and students working and studying together.”