The Taiwan Delegation and TECRO Join Forces at the 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. to Promote Academic Cooperation


Photo 1: Ambassador and Mrs. Stanley Kao host a reception on May 29, 2019 at Twin Oaks to welcome the Taiwan delegation and guests from U.S. colleges and universities.

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Photo 2: The Taiwan delegation poses for a photo in front of Taiwan booth on May 28 at the 2019 NAFSA Conference Exhibition Hall

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The 2019 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo took place from May 26 to May 31, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conferences topic was “Global Leadership, Learning and Change, featuring outstanding informational engagement, professional development programs and a large global education exposition.

The conference attracted more than 10,000 attendees from nearly 3,500 institutions and organizations from over 100 countries. It was one of the most comprehensive events serving the diverse needs of the entire international education community.

Assisted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), a big delegation from Taiwan came to attend the conference this year. It was led by Dr. Su Huey-Jen, Chairperson of the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan and President of National Cheng Kung University, and consisted of over 50 faculty and staff members from Taiwan’s top universities.

In addition to sharing the latest developments and innovative solutions in international education with the global audience at the exposition, members of the delegation and TECRO officials also participated in multiple face-to-face events. Those included the “Country Fair” and different professional sessions designed to connect with current and new partners in higher/international education around the world, as well as to identify global marketplace needs for today’s educators and their students.

In particular, Ambassador Stanley Kao of TECRO hosted a “Taiwan Night” reception at the legendary Twin Oaks Estate on May 29 for the Taiwan delegation, leaders from the U.S. and global education community, and dozens of Fulbright scholars. Marking the 40th Anniversary of the enactment of “Taiwan Relations Act,” Ambassador Kao emphasized that: “…Over the past 40 years, the number of Taiwan students studying in the United States has exceeded 1 million. In 2018, the number of American youngsters studying in Taiwan also reached a record 3,800. The continuous improvement of educational exchanges has laid a very solid foundation between our two countries. We will continue to further strengthen those close ties.”

Director Yuri Chih of TECRO’s Education Division also expressed his appreciation to the Taiwan delegation for their hard work and many efforts during the conference.