The Center for International Internship Development at Tunghai University is proud to present our first issue of the newsletter named“For the Greater Good.” We hope to connect with friends all around the world and deliver the latest news of the Center and articles of interest.
On December 22, 2017, right after Tunghai University signed internship agreements with twelve companies, we officially announced the opening of the Center at Room M008 of the College of Managment in front of guests including members of the university administration, government officials, and industry representatives.
The garden right outside of the office was built by the Fong-Yi Construction Company, one of our corporate partners, as a donation to the Center.
A promotional video of the Center for International Internship Program was shown at the ceremony. Please click on the following link to watch it on Youtube. Also feel free to browse the other videos on our Youtube channel.
From the Director
Professor En-Te Hsu, Director of the Center for International Internshp Program at Tunghai University
Explore the Beauty and Choose your Life
In 2008, I came to Perugia in the Umbria region of Italy to promote our international internship program. This is an ancient city located in the mountains. Every time I come here I like to watch the city form a vantage point near the city council building. In January of 2018, I came to Perugia again for the closing ceremony of the Taiwan-Italy Internship Program. My Italian friend arranged for me to stay at the La Rosetta hotel located near the city council building. In the morning, I gazed at this mountainside city with which I have grown familiar and admired its exquisite beauty. I saw a tower in the distance and told myself: “I have been here a dozen times and never visited that tower!” So I walked toward this structure I have never visited...<read more>
The Taiwan-Italy International Internship Program
The Taiwan-Italy International Internship Program (TIP) is our flagship program that allows talented Taiwanese students to intern at local Italian companies through our Italian partner, the University of Perugia. The program lasts for five months, which is ample time for students to work on interesting assignments and projects, and immerse themselves in the local environment. The culture shock and language barrier makes this a quite challenging but also very rewarding experience.
Professor Paolo Carbone, TIP executive committee member, summarizes the TIP experience:
Our life becomes a rewarding and enriching experience if we are able to keep an open mind and to maintain the curiosity needed to explore the world and its natural expressions. This is what the Taiwan-Italy Program is about: going abroad with great expectations and enthusiasm, living in a foreign country for a 5-month period, working and studying in a totally different environment and in a different culture. In the end, new perspectives emerge and our capability to understand processes, organizations and people is greatly improved.
The students also have to cook their own meals at the dormitory, and many become master chefs after this experience!
The Commemorative Book of the 7th TIP (2016 cohort) is now available. Please click here to read it and please share it with others! Here's an excerpt of intern Lu-Chin Chen's impression of Italy:
When I arrived in Italy it was in beautiful September. Italy has distinct seasons. September in Italy is not as hot as July and August, but there is still plenty of sunshine. The first time I visited Perugia I was astonished by the beautiful, medieval, stone-made city; it looked perfectly beige under the sunshine in the afternoon. Standing in the Piazza was just like being in a romantic movie. The coffee fragrance coming out from the bars on the street were enticing. In Italy, you can get the perfect espresso in almost every coffee bar. Looking out the window on the train to Spoleto, you could see fields of grapes and olives, grass undulating in the wind, and hay stacks lying under the blue sky. This land breeds delicious fruits which are the foundation of Italian cuisine. Olives and wine here are abundant and tasty; they are common items found on every family’s dining table.
Please click here to watch a video made by the 7th TIP interns.
We are currently recruiting the next cohort of students who will start their internships in September of 2018. Please contact program manager, Ariel Chen, for more information.
International Talent Platform
The Center, in collaboration with the Corporate Synergy Development Center, has built the International Talent Platform, which connects students with internship opportunities all around the globe. Currently, sixteen universities in Taiwan have joined this platform. Students have access to internship opportunities with over 400 companies (soon expanding to 1,200) in 45 countries. Please click here to view the platform.
Tunghai Care Camp
Tunghai Care Camp takes place every summer in Zhongliao Township of Nantou County. A group of volunteers consisting of university, senior and junior high school students spend a month at local elementary schools as tutors and companions of the students. In the past, we also had international volunteers from countries like France, Indonesia, Australia, and the United States, working alongside the Taiwanese volunteers. In 2017, we were able to work together with Assisting Individuals with Disadvantages (AID) volunteers, who were mainly Taiwanese-American high school students sponsored by the Overseas Community Affairs Council. Please see here and here for media coverage of the 4th Tunghai Care Camp (in Taiwanese and Chinese).
The success of Tunghai Care Camp owes largely to local resident and Tungahi EMBA alumnus Smauel Liao and his wife Billie Liou, known affectionately as Grandpa and Grandma Liao. Grandpa Liao is a Zhongliao native who has been tutoring local students, free of charge, for years. Please click here for an interview with Grandpa and Grandma Liao, with Professor Hsu as one of the guests (in Chinese).
The Opening of the Social Innovation Base in Taichung
The Jing Wu Branch of the National Library reopened in February of this year in Taichung after extensive innovations. The Social Innovation Base was established in the same building, providing office space for social enterprises, startups by young entrepreneurs, NGOs, and NPOs. Professor Hsu, in his capacity as the President of the Association of Sustainable Social Enterprise of Taiwan (ASSET), attended the opening ceremony. ASSET will be operating from the Social Innovation Base with plans for launching a Social Enterprise Week later this year.
Exectuve Yuan official Audrey Tang also attended the opening ceremony, and Professor Hsu presented his book, How to Read the Bible as a Successor, to Ms. Tang as a gift.
We are looking for a social media coordinator and web content writer/editor to join our team! Please go to following link (in Chinese) for more information.