FLAME University, the first University in India to launch the Taiwan Studies Project

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Pune, December 1, 2021: FLAME University, along with the Gateway House, the Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies (CSSAS) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India (TECC) hosted the ‘India-Taiwan: Partners for the Future’ roundtable. The event also witnessed the launch of the Taiwan Studies Project by FLAME University in the presence of H.E. Amb. Baushuan Ger, the Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC). 

~Signs MOU with the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC)~

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During the roundtable, an MoU was signed by Peters Chen, Director of Education Division, TECC, and Prof. Roger Liu of the FLAME University, in the presence of Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Vice-Chancellor, FLAME University, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre Representative Ambassador Baushaun Ger, Deputy Representative Dr. Mumin Chen, Secretary Ms. Jen-Chun Tsai, Science Division Director Dr. Chin-Tsan Wang, Assistant Director Ms. Ellie Chiang, Ms. Manjeet Kripalani, Founding Executive Director, Gateway House, along with scholars and practitioners from India and abroad.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Education initiated the Taiwan Study Project in 2003 to work with top universities in the world including Cambridge UniversityUniversity of California – Berkeley, Boston University,  Japan’s Waseda University, as well as other prestigious higher education institutions in the world. The project aims at expanding the knowledge of international scholars about Taiwan.

Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Vice-Chancellor of FLAME University welcomed the participants and panelists at the roundtable and stated, I am delighted to announce that FLAME University is the only university in India hosting the Taiwanese Studies project along with other prestigious global educational institutions. The process of getting to know about a different country, their values, their systems, etc. can be a good learning experience and I am sure that it would be beneficial for both scholars and students.”

H.E. Amb. Baushuan GerRepresentative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center praised FLAME University for providing liberal education and also congratulated the University for this initiative and hoped that more academic links between the two democracies would happen. He also spoke about the possible actions that can be taken in the future to strengthen bilateral ties.

The research focus of the Taiwan Studies Project at FLAME, according to Dr. Roger Liu, the Principal Investigator of the Project, is to conduct a comparative study on democratic governance and its practice in India and Taiwan, both of which are democracies but with different political, economic, historical and geographical backgrounds. By comparing the democratic governance practices in areas such as environmental governance, public health, women’s rights, and foreign policy practice, the Project aims to create dialogues and conversations among the Indian, Taiwanese, and international academic communities to produce high-quality research in comparative perspectives.

During the roundtable organized by Dr. Roger Liu, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, FLAME University and chaired by Ms. Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director, Gateway House, scholars and experts discussed political, educational and technological development and its lessons for India-Taiwan relations.

About FLAME University 

FLAME University is the pioneer of liberal education in India, delivering the country’s premier interdisciplinary education experience. It is driven to being one of India’s most respected and reputed centers of learning – the premier destination of choice for higher education in the nation for learners and teachers, to push the design and nature of studies and to create a societal up-gradation phenomenon, particularly in the fields of liberal education and leadership. FLAME has been set up with an idealistic vision and a social commitment to contribute to society nobly. With more than 120 quality full-time faculty members, the university offers an unparalleled educational experience. The student-teacher ratio is 11:1, unmatched at the higher education level in India. Spread on 60 acres of green expanse with aesthetically designed infrastructure, and the campus currently consists of five schools: FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication, FLAME School of Computing and Data Sciences, and FLAME School of Design, Art & Performance. FLAME University has been established as a state-private university vide the FLAME University Act 2014 (Maharashtra Act No. II of 2015) of the Government of Maharashtra. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f), and degrees awarded by the University are recognized under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956

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