NTU HIGHLIGHTS December 2017  

Decade of Internationalization Brings Amazing Campus Transformations

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) reached the major milestone of the first decade of its establishment in 2017. On December 4, as part of the celebration of its 10thanniversary, the OIA held a tea party as well as an opening ceremony for aretrospective exhibition showcasing the amazing transformations the office's internationalization efforts have brought to our campus.

The earliest predecessor of the OIA, called the Liaison Center, was established in 1985. Over the years, the center operated under the names International Academic Cooperation Liaison Center and International Academic Exchange Center until it was upgraded to the Office of International Affairs in 2007.

Starting with a staff of only 12people, the OIA has grown to nearly 40staff members. This expansion of personnel has enabled the office to achieve outstanding results on multiple fronts. Not only has the OIA signed numerous student exchange and partner university agreements, it has also increased the quality and number of its programs and services. It has elevated NTU's participation in international organizations and promoted faculty exchanges and cooperation programs with universities around the world. Moreover, the office's efforts have resulted in a significant increase in the number of international students on campus.

The OIA's great successes of the last five years include the signing of major strategic partner agreements with seven elite international universities. In addition, the office expanded the number of short-term programs for international students from just 2 to 28; the number of students enrolled in these programs has climbed from 17 in 2010 to an accumulative total of 2,340.