TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Penghu University of Science and Technology (NPU) has become a member of a global network of island universities, paving the way for it to further expand exchanges with international academic institutions in the future.
NPU Principal Ueng Jinn-pyng (翁進坪) said the university submitted an application to the Excellence Network of Island Territories (RETI) last year, and was admitted into the organization as the 28th member after a series of interviews and field trips made by RETI officials, reported Central News Agency.
NPU is the second university in Asia, following the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, to have become a RETI member, added Ueng.
RETI was established in 2010 at the initiative of the University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli in France. Connecting dozens of island universities from all over the world, the organization aims to foster academic and scientific work and cooperation between island universities across a wide range of areas.
According to Ueng, RETI is primarily concerned with such issues affecting islands as climate change, fishery and fish farming, cultural and traditional practices of islanders, as well as intra- and inter-island governance.
Ueng added that NPU will also have the opportunity to host the organization’s annual symposium in the future, where researchers and graduate students from member universities gather together to share their research in the field of island studies.