Taiwan’s oldest public university is fast realising its ambitions for global achievement as its President tells QS Showcase

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“To achieve our goal of being ranked among the global top 500 universities, UT has adopted strategies to develop research potential and promote industry-academia collaboration.”
Dr Hsia-Ling Tai
President, University of Taipei

The University of Taipei has a stated ambition to be a top 500 world-ranked university. What is your core strategy for achieving this?

The University of Taipei (UT) was established through the merger of Taipei Municipal University of Education and the Taipei Physical Education College. UT is not only the oldest public university in Taiwan but also an institution with extraordinary academic research achievements. We uphold our original strength and go further to conduct intensive studies in various fields. Meanwhile, we facilitate ever more interschool communication and try to link up with the world, working hard to explore comprehensive and diversified areas and aspiring to be ranked among the top 500 universities in the world.

UT has already achieved a ranking 301-350 in the QS University Rankings: Asia. To what do you attribute this success?

To achieve our goal of being ranked among the global top 500 universities, UT has adopted strategies to develop research potential and promote industry-academia collaboration. We encourage international exchanges and cooperation with foreign faculty and international students through memoranda of understanding with partner universities around the world. Based on the profound cultural background, extensive education resources, and active participation in the international community, UT has earned this world recognition.

UT has two highly specialised colleges, Kinesiology and City Management. How do these specialties contribute to UT’s global recognition?

UT has a rich history in Kinesiology. We have outstanding alumni, including Chen Shih-Hsin, a gold medal winner in taekwondo at the Olympics, Wang Chien-Ming, a pitcher in Major League Baseball, Hsieh Su-Wei, a top tennis player in the WTA ranking, and Tai Tzu-Ying, the gold medalist in the women’s badminton singles at the 2018 Asian Games. UT also received a 101-150 ranking in the 2017 ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. In addition, UT is the only university in Taiwan which is affiliated to Taipei City. To meet to the needs for talents in urban development and management, the College of City Management, approved by the Ministry of Education, has been established for four years as the first college specialising in urban and regional studies and providing professional training to talents in these fields.

It is unusual for a university president to have represented her country in sports events. How has this helped you in your current role?

I gained rich experiences participating in international sports events, including the Olympics, Universiade, and the Asian Games, when I was serving as the minister, Sports Affairs Council, Executive Yuan. Strong international connections and such experiences greatly support efforts in helping the institution stand out in the intense competition of higher education institutions worldwide, and are leading to an outstanding reputation for UT’s internationalisation engagement.

Dr Hsia-Ling Tai has been President, University of Taipei since 2013. Her many previous roles have included: vice chair, 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade Organizing Committee, 2013; honorary president, Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, 2011-2012; minister, Sports Affairs Council, Executive Yuan, 2008-2012; vice-president, Chinese Taipei Triathlon Association, 2006-2008; dean of Student Affairs, Taipei Municipal University of Education, 2007-2008; and track and field athlete, national team 1979-1983. Dr Hsia-Ling Tai has the following academic qualifications: Ed D, Spalding University, Louisville, KY, USA; Master of physical education, National Taiwan Sport University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, ROC; and B Ed, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC. Her research area is Sport Management, Sport Marketing, Market Research and Analysis.