The 2019 HAWtech-TAItech Roundtable Agenda, was held in Chin-yi University of Technology on March, 6. Representatives from 12 universities in Germany and Taiwan discussed issues regarding student exchange, internship, laboratory collaboration, summer school, and short-term workshop. MoUs were signed to further facilitate the collaboration between the members in the alliances.
HAWtech Alliance was established in 2009, consisting of 6 universities, including Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Dresden University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. These 6 universities individually have their own distinct features. Taiwan TAItech Alliance was established in 2017 after that. The President of Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Dr. Ching-Jong Liao, was the first chairperson. With the goal to incorporate the unique features of Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei University of Technology, Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Formosa University, Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, and Chin-yi University of Technology, the alliance aims at better meeting the needs for industrial development.
As Dr. Wen-yuan Chen, the chairperson of the TAItech Alliance 2019-2020, and the President of Chin-yi University of Technology stated, the purposes of the collaboration between the two alliances are to promote vocational education, to enhance hands-on abilities, and to facilitate the connection between vocational education and industrial demands. With an overall goal to encourage bilateral partnership between Germany and Taiwan, and to foster Taiwanese students’ competitiveness, TAItech seeks to initiate a network connecting distinct features of each university, and promoting collaboration from five major aspects.
The Ministry of Education added that Industry 4.0 as a global trend proposed by Germany entails intellectually manufacturing and elevates industrial productivity through intellectualization. HAWtech and TAItech serve as a bridge that connects the higher education of the two countries, with specific emphases on fostering professional skills, improving language ability, and facilitating international mobility.