Chang Ching-ray (left) and Gilberto Lauengco (right)
Manila, Jan. 11 (CNA) A Taiwanese university alliance said Wednesday that it is seeking to build cooperation with prestigious universities in the Philippines and pave the way for wider bilateral exchanges.
To this end, the NTU System, which comprises National Taiwan University (NTU), National Taiwan Normal University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, met in Manila with representatives of several top-ranking Philippine universities and with diplomatic officials from both sides.
NTU vice president Chang Ching-ray (張慶瑞) said the alliance has helped to create added value and he hoped to see increased exchanges between the students and faculty of universities in Taiwan and the Philippines, which will make the schools more competitive.
Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Lin Song-Huann (林松煥) noted that the Philippines has the second-largest population in Southeast Asia and its economy has been growing in recent years.
This, coupled with its ongoing education reforms, makes it one of the countries with which Taiwan wants to promote higher education exchanges under the Taiwanese government's New Southbound Policy, Lin said.
Gilberto Lauengco, a director of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, and Lily Milla from the Commission on Higher Education also attended the meeting.
(By Emerson Lim and Lilian Wu)