Taipei, March 16 (CNA) A tertiary education delegation from the Philippines visited Tunghai University (THU) in Taichung last week as part of a one-week exchange program, the university said Thursday.
Led by Alex B. Brillantes, a member of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the delegation of 26 college deans and seven other people from the University of Rizal System in the Philippines visited Taiwan from March 6-11, THU said in a statement.
On the last day of the trip, the delegation toured THU, accompanied by Chen Li-yin (陳立穎), a division chief at Taiwan's Ministry of Education's Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, THU said.
THU President Wang Mao-jiun (王茂駿) greeted the visitors and touted the private university as topping the list of the 100 most beautiful college campuses in Taiwan, in a recent ranking by the media site Daily View.
In turn, Brillantes said he was pleased to note the advanced equipment in Taiwan's universities, the excellent research, and the country's efforts to nurture talent, according to the statement.
Brillantes' delegation was the first of its kind from the Philippines to visit Taiwan and the trip was part of the Taiwanese government's efforts to push its New Southbound Policy, which promotes greater cooperation with countries in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The CHED is responsible for crafting and implementing tertiary education policy in the Philippines and appointing public university presidents.
(By Chao Li-yen and Evelyn Kao)