The 2017 U.S. North-Western Taiwanese Student Association Presidents’ Conference, an effort to establish cross-campus collaboration among Taiwanese student associations, expand academic networking, and provide efficient assistance to Taiwanese students who study abroad, was held on September 23rd. A total of 20 student body Presidents and staffs from 17 different schools across California, Washington, Utah and Nevada attended the meeting.
During the first session of the conference, TECO Education Division Director Hueiwen Hsu spoke on the services of the Division, which include Taiwan-U.S bilateral academic and research exchange programs, financial aid for national and international students, mandarin teacher recruitment, short-term study and internship, and other education-related inquiries. Education Division program coordinator Stephanie Yang also briefed the participants on the application process for event sponsorships and provided information regarding emergency assistance for students in the north-western states. Director General Joseph Ma of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco also stopped by at noon to say hello to the participants.
At the “Annual Spotlight” session, student body presidents from various campuses reported on their associations’ major events and management strategies. The Education Division encouraged student associations to organize orientation events for newcomers, develop multi-campus activities to enrich their academic life, which not only enhances their on-campus involvement, but also promotes Taiwanese culture in the international community.
Dr. Hemmings Wu from Stanford Medical Center opened the afternoon session with a speech on creativity-related issues, followed by Attorney Stanley Chao’s talk on law-related matters. These presentations were intended to give students basic professional advice on issues about which students are most concerned.