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China Asia Associated University
In order to successfully promote the various tasks of the Indonesia Taiwan Education Center in Surabaya, the university cooperated with Taiwanese organizations in Indonesia, and utilized local capabilities to enter the potential market of Mandarin and higher education. The initiative includes international academic exchange, establishing an international campus environment, establishing curricula taught in English, and scholarships for international students. The 318 Strategic Action Plan improves Chinese and English second language abilities (three language abilities) of students and encourages local students to study abroad through eight methods including exchanges, joint-degrees, foreign internships, international volunteer service, design award competition, and the like.. The consolidation of universities (Asia University + China Medical University) into one unit works together for the outward promotion of Taiwan’s higher education.

The Taiwan Ministry of Education approved the “China Asia Associated University System”. This major collaboration between two private universities is a unique development and one that will lead the way to further associations. Students of the “China-Asia Associated University System” will experience cross-university curriculums that will provide dual majors along with exposure to many alternative minors; thus providing a exceptional opportunity for students to enjoy the wide educational resources of both universities.

Asia University’s President, Jeffrey J. P. Tsai, states that Chang-Hai Tsai, the chairman of both Asia University and China Medical University recently promoted the sharing of resources between both universities. The action to operate in alliance was approved by the Ministry of Education and this unification has led to significant results in the domestic and international rankings of both universities. He feels that the operation has now matured as a mechanism of mutual benefit and system university status should be applied for from the Ministry of Education.

President Tsai also pointed out that five years ago, the two universities came together as brother schools to share resources in administration, library, academic research, and cross-field learning to create a synergy for a greater effect of 1+1>2. However, in terms of international academic rankings both universities have worked diligently on their own to produce exceptional performances.

The British newspaper, The Times Higher Education (THE), published the “2017 Asia Pacific University Ranking” on July 5th and a total of 26 Taiwanese universities entered the ranking. China Medical University and Asia University, the allied “China Asia Associated University System ” both entered the ranking with China Medical University in 84th place, becoming Taiwan’s sole private university to make the top 100. After being founded 16 years ago, Asia University was ranked between 171-180, ranking 14th in Taiwan, 7th in the private universities, and 3rd in private universities excluding medical schools; the academic performance of both schools have received the acclaim of the international community.

● Asia University and China Medical University utilized the joint university model to establish the Indonesia Taiwan Education Center in Surabaya to effectively exploit the resources of both universities. Integration and mutual support has assisted Taiwanese universities to recruit Indonesian students for diverse cooperations between academia and industry and thus achieve results for the government’s “New Southbound Policy”.
● The Government’s initiative in the current “New Southbound Policy” improves the recruitment and academic exchanges between higher education in Southeast Asia and the South Asia regions with the short-term quantitative goal of multiplied effectiveness. The Minister of Education, Pan Wen-chung indicates that the innovative transformation blueprint of higher education has three critical elements that include; being forward-looking, uniting globally, and connecting with the future. In the current knowledge production and high technology levels, many Asian countries still invest many resources and much labor in universities to progress towards becoming world-class universities. Recruiting foreign students creates diverse campus environments and that is a key strategy in the global development of higher education. The high-quality of higher education in Taiwan is less costly compared with Europe and the U.S. and the exquisite Mandarin learning environment can attract foreign students to study in Taiwan.