Tag: National Taiwan University

Promoting Cooperation as an Outsider: Taiwan’s Engagement with the World

Taiwan is a nation without a country. This small island the size of Maryland is endowed with few natural resources, was a colony of Imperial Japan until the end of World War II, and for 38 years after the Chinese Revolution endured the longest period of martial law anywhere in the world. Yet despite these inhibitions, Taiwan’s economy grew by leaps and bounds during the final decades of the 20th century. This rapid development is largely attributable to an opportunistic and enterprising population. During this time, the Taiwanese were quick to move into emerging industries (e.g. production of bicycles, toys, and consumer electronics) and effective at ramping up output to meet new global demand.  Today Taiwan is an advanced economy with a high standard of living and relatively equitable wealth distribution. Its self-ruling government is a stable democracy, and the body politic partakes in open and lively national discourse. The level of political and economic cohesion present in this society is a sufficient condition to establish a sovereign state. Yet it continues to be deprived of this status due to the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC’s) vehement opposition to a fully independent Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan. Beijing remains

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Evan Nicoll-Johnson: Supplementing the Records and Anecdotes

Evan Nicoll-Johnson addressed the reception by later scholars of two works of historiographic annotation “Shishuo xinyu 世說新語” and “Sangou Zhi 三國志.” He proposes a form of citation analysis that relies on the organizational structure of each text. Evan Nicoll-Johnson is a PhD candidate in the Asian Languages and Cultures department at UCLA. Currently, he is conducting research on early medieval Chinese literature at National Taiwan University and working on a dissertation that analyzes intertextual relationships created through bibliography, annotation, and textual compilation.

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James Behuniak: American and Chinese Philosophy in Taiwan

Dr. James Behuniak reflected on teaching Philosophies in a comparative context, and shared some insights about living in Taiwan.  Dr. James Behuniak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His areas of research are American Philosophy and pre-Qin Chinese philosophy. Currently, he is Senior Fulbright Scholar teaching in the Philosophy department at National Taiwan University.

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Kenneth Loh: Smart Sensors for Safer Bridges

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVcmAxpJfHwDr. Kenneth Loh explained his research which characterizes the performance of a sensor prototype for monitoring bridge scour, which is the erosion of soil/riverbed materials by flowing water near bridge foundations that could cause collapse. Dr. Loh is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Nano-Engineering and Smart Structures Technologies (NESST) Laboratory, University of California, Davis, and he received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan. He is conducting his Fulbright research in bridge scour monitoring at National Taiwan University. His research interests include multifunctional materials, and resilient structures. Read more about Dr. Loh’s project here: https://journal.fulbright.org.tw/index.php/about-taiwan/essays/item/123-smart-sensors-for-safer-bridges-an-international-collaborative-effort   監測橋梁結構安全的智能感測器     此研究主題是應用橋梁監測智能感測器偵測當橋梁被河床附近之土石流沖刷可能會產生破壞之檢測結果。     羅健晃博士任職於奈米工程和智能監控系統技術實驗室暨加州大學戴維斯分校之土木工程學系副教授。他於密西根大學獲得土木工程博士學位,目前以傅爾布萊特資深學者的身分在國立台灣大學進行有關橋梁沖刷監測系統方面的研究。他的研究領域包括多功能材料及彈力回復性結構。

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學友連結計畫: 專訪邱正雄董事長 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund – Distinguished Alumnus: Paul Chiu

    Among the outstanding Fulbright Alumni, Paul Chiu, the fifth and sixth Alumni Board Chair of the Taiwan Fulbright Alumni Association, is well-known. He served as the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of China, the Minister of Finance, Vice Premier of Executive Yuan, Associate Professor and later, Adjunct Professor of National Taiwan University of Economics and Honorary Chairman of Entie Commercial Bank. Now he is the Chairman of Bank SinoPac. He was publicly honored as “the world’s best Finance Minister in 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis” by former President, Lee Teng-hui.      There are three parts of this video. First is an introduction of Fulbright Taiwan Program and the Taiwan Fulbright Alumni Association. Second is an introduction of Paul Chiu’s life story and his success. Third is an interview featuring Paul Chiu.      在學友會眾多佼佼者中,曾經連任第五、第六屆傅爾布萊特學友會理事長的邱正雄先生,是­傅爾布萊特的知名學友, 歷任中華民國中央銀行副總裁、財政部長、行政院副院長、國立台灣大學經濟學系副教授及­兼任教授、安泰商業銀行榮譽董事長,現為永豐銀行董事長,他曾被李登輝先生公開譽為「­全世界最好的財政部長」。此影片分為三部分,首先是傅爾布萊特計畫及台灣傅爾布萊特學­友會 歷史回顧,第二部分是邱正雄學友生平介紹,第三部分是邱正雄學友專訪。

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Starting the first law school clinic in Taiwan

     In the Spring 2013 semester, National Taiwan University College of Law offered an innovative new course called Law Clinic (in Chinese, the name of the course is 爭議處理與紛爭解決). In this class, law students had the opportunity to represent real clients in real cases under the close supervision of experienced attorneys as part of their law school experience.  Students in the Law Clinic represented dozens of clients in a wide variety of cases. They helped real clients with real problems involving consumer law, contract law, criminal law, family law, land use law, and other areas of law. Acting in the role of lawyers, they interviewed clients, conducted fact investigation, interviewed witnesses, counseled clients, drafted legal documents, and crafted innovative and compelling legal arguments.      Their work with clients gave the students valuable preparation for the practice of law. They were able to apply their knowledge of law, analytical skills, and legal reasoning powers to the problems faced by real clients, allowing them to understand better how theory and practice interact in real cases. They had a real context to explore and understand the roles that lawyers play in society. And they were able to learn and practice essential

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Teaching Philosophy in Taiwan

     I am writing this while on a teaching Fulbright in the Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, during the 2012-2013 school-year. My duties are to teach one graduate class each semester. The first course was American Pragmatism and the second course Comparative Moral Psychology. In this essay, I will discuss how the content in these courses has been modified from similar courses I have taught in the States and what has happened as a result.      There are two basic things that distinguish my Taiwan students from my previous American students. The first is their bilingual abilities. In addition to their native Chinese ability, they can all read English with great facility and have an adequate level of competence in both speaking and listening. The second distinguishing mark is their background in Chinese philosophy. The Department of Philosophy at NTU is divided into two tracks, the Eastern Philosophy track and the Western Philosophy track. Regardless of the track, all undergraduate students are required to take the same basic courses in the history of philosophy, which include thorough introductions to Chinese philosophy. These two characteristics of Taiwan students have allowed me to tailor my

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