Landmark Event Unveils Taiwan-Philippines Bilateral University Exchange Initiatives

Manila, February 6, 2024* – The recent Unveiling Ceremony of the Taiwan International Talent Circulation Base (INTACT) for the Taiwan-Philippines Bilateral University Exchange Event marked a significant milestone in academic cooperation. The ceremony, highlighting the International Industrial Talents Education Special Program (INTENSE), brought together key universities, including Kun Shan University and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology – Rizal Technological University’s international partners. 

Other Taiwan universities also participated in the event, such as Cheng Shiu University, Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology, Taiwan Steel University of Science and Technology, National Formosa University, and Shu-Te University. Distinguished guests, including representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, MEDTECS, and delegates from various Taiwan and Philippines universities, gathered to witness the unfolding of this noteworthy event.

Dr. Ma Eugenia M. Yangco, RTU President, and Instr. Donato Z. Estocada, Director of the International Affairs Linkages Office (IALO), also joined the event, serving as the university’s representative in its partnership with Kun Shan University and other esteemed collaborators from Taiwan.

Moreover, among the distinguished guests were Dr. Roger Mamaradlo, President of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), International Linkages Directors from Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU), as well as Philippine Christian University (PCU) President, Dr. Ariel Pineda, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with INTENSE during the event.

Former DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña was also present at the ceremony and delivered a message of support. Former Sec. dela Peña is instrumental in introducing Kun Shan University to RTU, expressing his desire for RTU to be the first among State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to send faculty and students to KSU for exchange.

The proceedings commenced with insightful opening remarks from Mr. Wallace M.G. Chow, the Representative of TECO in the Philippines. His address set the tone for the ceremony, emphasizing the pivotal role of bilateral collaboration in the realm of education. Political Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Mon-Chi Lio, further underscored the significance of initiatives fostering international academic partnerships.

Former Ambassador Mr. Antonio Basilio, representing the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), conveyed heartfelt appreciation for the collaborative efforts between Taiwan and the Philippines. Recognition was extended to the participating universities for their dedication to enhancing global education.

The unveiling ceremony stands as a turning point in the academic collaboration between Taiwan and the Philippines, setting the stage for a future of enriched learning experiences, increased cultural understanding, and sustained international partnerships.