On February 17, Cheers magazine once again honored FCU with top spot in its annual ranking of public and private universities. Determined by university presidents from across the country, the ranking is a dynamic indicator of the quality of Taiwan’s universities. One hundred and forty five university presidents participated in this year’s survey.
According to Cheers magazine, a number of factors led to FCU’s top spot, such as innovative research, industry-academia partnerships, and outstanding education. Other factors included FCU’s fifth consecutive year of finishing in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings for Asia, innovative mechanisms for effective student outcomes, and emphasis on the humanities and general education.
At the award ceremony, FCU’s president, Lee Bing-Jean, thanked all faculty members, staff, and students for their hard work and determination. He also expressed his hope that FCU will continue to be the model for outcome-oriented education, which emphasizes higher learning with a focus on fostering talent. President Lee explained that because traditional models of higher education in Taiwan have changed, there is an ever-important need to invest in specialized fields, integrate industry requirements, and provide students with cutting-edge skills. He added that developing quality campuses means devoting time and effort to international cooperation so that students have opportunities to study overseas, an experience that enhances competitive strength and employability. In 2014, FCU therefore established the International School of Technology and Management. Beginning in 2015, FCU has worked with Purdue University and San Jose University in the United States and RMIT in Australia to offer dual-degree bachelor programs.
Balancing the theoretical with practical learning is another cornerstone of FCU’s academic philosophy. In recent years, FCU has negotiated over 400 industry-academia cooperative ventures, resulting in spectacular R&D outcomes. At the same time, through specialized internships, companies help train our students with the skills required to enter the workplace.
This most recent Cheers award offers further evidence that FCU’s academic model offers a winning relationship for students and businesses. To forge ahead with research breakthroughs and provide students with an international perspective, FCU will continue to seek out international cooperation, industry-academia cooperation, innovative teaching, and dynamic learning opportunities.