A brief campus tour at the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT), Taiwan

7.9.2019. THIS IS A SPECIAL CAMPUS TOUR! I suppose to join the other participants of the 2019 Taiwan-Philippines University Presidents Forum in the study tour organized by the host university, the National Sun Yat-Sen University as the culminating activity for the group. Since I have a separate accommodation from other delegates, I woke-up early just to catch the van but unluckily, I missed it, maybe just few minutes I arrived late at the pick-up area at the Ambassador Hotel. Not to be disappointed, I pursued with the other plan – to meet again Dr. Charline Chen, Dean of the International Affairs Office of the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism (NKUHT). I met her during the dinner party at the Ambassador’s Hotel and expressed her desire to tour me around the campus. Since I did not able to join the group’s planned tour, at least I have much time to prepare for this meet-up with Dr. Chen.

Using the MRT service, it was easy to reach the last station of Red line where Dr. Chen will pick me up. It was raining heavily so I took the opportunity to eat my lunch first near the station while waiting for Dr. Chen to come. Thankfully, after my meal the rain stopped and then few minutes past, Dr. Chen arrived.

She droved first inside the campus, showing me the main buildings, including the dormitories. She parked her car, and we proceeded to the ongoing Summer Camp class, where 11 young Filipino students are currently participating. The lesson on that hour of my visit was the appreciation of tea making – savoring the fragrance and taste of three kinds of tea available in Taiwan. After the lecture (with English translator), the class was brought to the table for the actual demonstration – preparation and tasting! I did the first sip of the refreshing tea! This was my first exposure in tea making! Well, Dr. Chen was happy to introduced me in the class, and greeted with my fellow Filipinos with those big smiles to greet me in our language!

We left the class and proceeded to the facilities/laboratories and amenities of the university. NKUHT is a government university and in my own observation during the visit, it has the complete facilities for tourism and hospitality programs in Asia. From pastry making to wine making, and restaurant and hotel management, the university has it for the faculty and students to interact effectively. It is not just a higher education institution, it provides a high caliber technical/vocational trainings that allow students to learn the real environment of tourism and hospitality – to prepare and equip them with the required skills and knowledge needed to have promising jobs not only in Taiwan but overseas. Dr. Chen happily discussed to me the importance of collaborations and partnerships with various agencies as one of the factors of the university’s success in providing high quality education in hospitality and tourism. It is not easy to maintain these facilities but with the support of several agencies, foreign counterparts, and the Taiwanese government, the university is one of the leading institutions in Asia to offer the best programs in hospitality and tourism.

My trip to Taiwan is an initial step for my own university able to send its students and faculty – experience and learn and to make them more competitive and skillful in the field they have chosen. In this way, it will also bring positive impact to our region, and the Philippines as a whole. There are more things to be done to make this partnership with a Taiwanese university will materialize that requires proactive mind and openness among our students and faculty. At the personal level, this experience will be used to encourage others to do the same. Sometimes, we have to spend our own personal resources or even create our own opportunities to bring us to another level of success in public service.

Thank you to the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) and Taiwan Education Center in the Philippines (TEC) for organizing the 2nd Taiwan-Philippines University Presidents’ Forum in Kaohsiung City as hosted by the National Sun Yat-Sen University . Hope to see you in the 3rd Forum 2020 in Manila, Philippines.


For the press release of Taiwan News, CLICK HERE. You can click the image above.

~ by reymos on July 9, 2019.

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