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[December 12, 2013]

University of Southampton, NCKU Sign MoU to Foster Academic Cooperation

TAINAN, Taiwan --(Business Wire)--

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, and the University of Southampton (UoS), United Kingdom, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), December 10th, for developing academic exchanges and cooperation in teaching and research.

NCKU President Hwung-Hweng Hwung and UoS Vice Chancellor Professor Don Nutbeam signed the MoU on behalf of the respective organizations.

"With the MoU, we expect more opportunities for cooperation of mutual interests," said President Hwung.

He said, "To become a world-class comprehensive university, we are eager to establish relationship with top-tier institutions and to enhance our academic achievements through cooperation with elite researchers worldwide."

Vice Chancellor Nutbeam commented that the official siging of MoU will initiate academic exchanges, including mutual visits of faculty and school members and student exchanges program.

He also noted, "It's a real pleasure that the relationship we have been building is now stronger and more formal, and I hope that both our students and our faculty members can benefit from this strengthened relationship."

President Hwung said, "University of Southampton is well-known for the fields of optical fiber and electrical technology, with top rankings in Computer Science, Chemistry, Medicine, Social Science and Humanity worldwide. I think we have similar interests in Optoelectronics, Photonics, and Computer Science, in particular in Naval Architecture, or even Maritime Science which is a great strength of the University of Southampton," according to Vice Chancellor Nutbeam.

"The academic and research strengths of University of Southampton are well known globally" according to President Hwung. He added, "The two universities will create interdisciplinary collaborative programs and establish close relationship soon."

At the signing ceremony, President Hwung also pointed out that NCKU has been honorably granted the second phase "Aim for the Top-Tier University and Elite Research Center Development Plan" project promoted by the Taiwan's Ministry of Education."

NCKU is aspired to nurture future leaders with creativity, humanism, global vision and profound social consciousness, and educates interdisciplinary researcher for the benefit of the society and mankind.

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