NTHU Launches the Neighbor Project for Taiwanese Students Returning from Ukraine
Due to the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine, numerous Taiwanese nationals studying overseas have decided to return to Taiwan. In response, NTHU has launched the Neighbor Project, which allows graduate and undergraduate students returning from Ukraine to temporarily continue their studies in Taiwan.
The Neighbor Project has been jointly launched by NTHU president Hocheng Hong and W. John Kao(高為元), who will take over as president in May of this year, and is designed to help Taiwanese students affected by the armed conflict in Eastern Europe continue their education.
President Hocheng explained that Taiwanese citizens live in all corners of the global village, and when they run into difficulties we need to extend a helping hand in whatever way we can.
Similarly, in early 2020, as universities around the world began to close their campuses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, NTHU set up the Weigong Academy, a special program allowing overseas Taiwanese students, as well as those who had gained admission to overseas universities, to temporarily enroll at NTHU until they could commence their overseas studies. The Neighbor Project will work in a similar way.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Wu Yung-hsien(巫勇賢) said that Taiwanese students returning from Ukraine will be allowed to temporarily enroll at NTHU, tuition free, and that their status will be similar to that of exchange students. He added that graduate and undergraduate students participating in the program will be allowed to enroll in any course at NTHU (including lab courses, practicums, and physical education classes), and will receive a grade report for each course completed. Graduate students participating in a research project will receive a certificate detailing their role in the project.
Wu said that eligible Taiwanese students have already been informed about the program by various overseas units of the Ministry of Education. Although the spring semester has already started, special provisions have been adopted to allow participating students to enroll and choose their classes, and also receive additional guidance and an opportunity to do make-up work if necessary. As for students who cannot return to Taiwan, they will be allowed to enroll in NTHU’s online courses free of charge.
Professor Fang Tien-sze(方天賜) of the Center for General Education, a former diplomat and currently the assistant director of NTHU’s Center for India Studies, has been appointed to advise students participating in the Neighbor Project.
The Office of Student Affairs said that accommodations for participating students will be made available in student dormitories.
For more information on the Neighbor Project, please contact Miss He at the Office of Academic Affairs. Telephone: (03) 573-1017; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.