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UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative

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The UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative, directed by Prof. Shu-mei Shih, was established in 2017. It aims to create research synergies to promote cutting-edge research in Taiwan studies. The three-year initiative includes faculty and student exchanges, graduate fellowship support, and workshops and lectures. The Asia Pacific Center will also release a working paper series as a concrete outcome of this initiative.

National Taiwan Normal University is a large public university that houses one of the most prestigious and comprehensive programs in Taiwan studies in the world. The Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature is the only department In Taiwan that offers a BA degree as well as MA and PhD degrees. Most of its stellar faculty received their PhD degrees from Japanese, European, and American institutions in such disciplines as literature, theater, anthropology, sociology, and political science. UCLA will collaborate with this department and other departments (such as Linguistics) and institutes across the College of Liberal Arts at NTNU.

On June 28, 2017, Professor Shu-mei Shih (pictured in the photo, representing Dean of Humanities David Schaberg) signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Dean Deng-wu Chen of NTNU’s College of Liberal Arts. A further Memorandum of Agreement was signed at UCLA during the NTNU delegation visit on August 24, 2017. Prof. Shih has also been appointed as an Honorary Chair Professor in the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature at NTNU.