Campus Bulletin - Activities
“Sister-School Relationship Established:
Grace Christian College and National Taiwan Normal University”
Three delegates from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) were invited by Grace Christian College (GCC) to sign two preliminary memorandum of agreement between NTNU and GCC and to conduct a two-day seminar to all GCHS Chinese Teachers and invited guests from other Filipino-Chinese schools.
Last February 20, 2008, three delegates of NTNU, namely: Dr. Chin-Chin Tseng, Chairman for Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as Second Language, Dr. James Shih-Chang Hsin, Chairman
for Department of Chinese Languages & Culture for International Students and Dr. Edwin Yang Tsung-Rong, Director of Recruitment and Development, Office of International Affairs, arrived from Taiwan to conduct its two-day seminar from February 20-21, 2008 at Little Theater, Grace Christian Church for GCC’s program known as “Grace Center for Chinese Language Studies”.
The delegates gave an introduction, history of their university, importance of Mandarin Language to achieve global competitiveness and signing of “Sister-School” Relationship Agreement between GCC and NTNU. The attendees were GCHS Chinese Teachers and invited guests from other Filipino-Chinese schools in the Philippines.
According to the delegates, National Taiwan Normal University is an institution of higher learning operating on three campuses in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). NTNU is widely recognized as one of Taiwan's elite institutions of higher education. Standards of admission are high. The university enrolls approximately 11,000 students each year. The ratio of undergraduate to graduate students is 60-40%. Approximately 1,500 students are internationals. NTNU is best known for its Mandarin Training Center (today now known as the Center for Chinese Language and Cultural Studies), a program founded in 1956 for the study of the Mandarin Chinese by foreign students. GCHS faculty members including GCHS students are encouraged to study International Programs at their university. The Mandarin Training Center represents one of the world's oldest and most distinguished programs for language study, attracting over a thousand students from over sixty countries to Taiwan each year and making the Shida area of Taipei one of the city's most cosmopolitan. Courses in language, literature, calligraphy, art and martial arts are offered in a series of three-month terms throughout the year, enabling international students to undertake language studies during summer breaks and within single semesters. The center also sponsors travel, hosts speech contests, and stages workshops and performances for a variety of East Asian arts. An existing Center for Chinese Languages and Cultural Studies based in Thailand was established by NTNU wherein Thais can study Mandarin in their own country. GCC will establish a Grace Center for Chinese Language Studies to strengthen our school’s Mandarin thrust and also to enable anyone to study Mandarin here in the Philippines.
The most highlight of the entire event was the signing of the Preliminary Memorandum of AgreemenT between our very own, Dr. James L. Tan, President of Grace Christian College and Dr. James Shih-Chang Hsin,, Chairman for Department of Chinese Languages & Culture for International Students. Another Preliminary Memorandum of Agreement between Dr. James L. Tan, President of Grace Christian College and Dr. Chin-Chin Tseng, Chairman for Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as Second Language of NTNU was also signed for the purposes of strengthening the bond between two schools and to promote educational, cultural, professors, teachers and student exchanges based on mutual respect.
Through these sister-school agreements between our school and NTNU, GCC is now attaining world-class institutional status and will provide the best education with global competitiveness and Christian values. It is through God’s grace that GCC is now soaring to be one of the best colleges in the Philippines and even beyond“in pursuit of excellence”.