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MOU Signed Between TAItech and HAWtech, Launching New International Collaborative Models in Technological and Vocational Talent Training
Department of Technological and Vocational Education 
In order to continue strengthening technological and vocational education as well as boosting international exchanges, the Ministry of Education is committed to promoting the cooperation between the “Taiwan Alliance of Applied Sciences ” (hereinafter referred to as TAItech) and the German Alliance of Applied Sciences (hereinafter referred to as HAWtech). On the morning of July 5th (Wednesday) this year (2017), the Head of HAWtech, Dr. Marcus Baumann, invited by the Ministry of Education to come to Taiwan, represented the six German universities of science and technology that are members of HAWtech to sign a bilateral corporation MOU with the Head of TAItech, Dr. Liao Ching-Jong. The signing ceremony was hosted and witnessed by Director General Yang Yu-Hui of the Department of Technological and Vocational Education. By linking the two countries’ alliance systems that emphasize the application of science and technology, the professional expertise in engineering and technology from both sides can be linked, thereby improving the quality of technological and vocational education, strengthening students' ability for innovation and practical application, and bolstering the connection between technological and vocational education and industry needs.
Germany’s HAWtech was established in 2009. Composed of six schools, its members include Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. These are top-notch universities of applied science and technology which are closely associated with local industries. The objective of this alliance is to establish a mutual support network of universities with unique technical focuses in different regions of Germany in order to jointly contribute to technological and economic development.
Similarly, Taiwan’s TAItech, established in 2017, aims to increase the international visibility of Taiwan's technological and vocational higher education and to promote innovative cooperation models. In the initial stage, TAItech is composed of seven schools including Taiwan Tech, National Taipei University of Technology, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, National Formosa University, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, and National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences. Its short-term strategy is to establish cooperative networks by combining university resources and to promote international cooperation in reciprocal ways, while the long-term goal seeks to expand the depth and scope of cooperation.
According to the Ministry of Education, the MOU signing between HAWtech and TAItech will facilitate the development of joint courses, promote talent training programs that integrate business internships, and so forth. The initial phase will focus on student internships, for which both sides agree to choose students to receive training in the partner university. Upon the completion of a semester, students will be offered work placements in professional laboratories or enterprises. They can also make use of the co-supervision of both sides to complete their dissertation. The purpose is to enhance students' international vision and professional ability and to elicit cooperation in teaching and research among faculty members. The two alliances also hope that through this international talent-fostering cooperation model, more universities of science and technology can be encouraged to participate in comprehensive joint curriculum design, develop dual degree programs and promote collaborative research projects in the future, so as to cultivate outstanding technological and vocational talent with both professional expertise and international competitiveness.
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