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College of Communication at NCCU has become the first partner in Asia with Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications.

National Chengchi University, 14th March - As the first Asian collaborator with Syracuse University, National Chengchi University (NCCU) is poised to lead the way in facilitating cross-cultural exchange and innovative research initiatives, further solidifying its position as a leading institution in the Asia-Pacific region. NCCU and Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications marked a historic moment as they formalized a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster collaborative initiatives in communication studies. NCCU proudly stands as the inaugural Asian partner of Syracuse University, marking a significant milestone in international academic collaboration. 


Under the terms of the MoU, the College of Communication at NCCU and the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University will embark on joint endeavours encompassing research collaboration, seminar organization, and faculty and student exchange programs. Initial efforts will focus on enhancing teaching methodologies and advancing scholarly research within communications.


Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications is a preeminent institution renowned for its rich legacy spanning over five decades. Nestled within the dynamic campus of Syracuse University in New York, the Newhouse School boasts a distinguished faculty comprising award-winning journalists, seasoned professionals, and esteemed scholars. Through its diverse undergraduate and graduate programs, the Newhouse School equips students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical framework necessary to excel in today's ever-evolving media landscape. At the Newhouse School, students are immersed in a dynamic learning environment emphasising hands-on experience, critical thinking, and creativity. Students can hone their skills and unleash their creative potential through state-of-the-art facilities, including multimedia studios, digital labs, and production spaces.


Dr. Bradley W. Gorham, Associate Professor and Chair of Communications and Director of Global Partnerships at the Newhouse School, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, highlighting its potential to enrich educational experiences for students and faculty alike. "Through this collaboration, we're excited to embark on a journey of shared learning and discovery, enriching both our student's educational experiences and our scholarly pursuits.", stated Dr. Gorham. 


"We look forward to fostering cross-cultural exchange and pushing the boundaries of communication studies with our esteemed colleagues at NCCU." Dr. Makana Chock, Professor of Communications and Director of the Extended Reality Lab, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the value of cross-cultural exchange in advancing communication studies.


Dean of the College of Communication at NCCU, Professor Kathrine Yi-Ning Chen, underscored the significance of the partnership, emphasizing the shared commitment to excellence in education and research. Additionally, Professor Tammy Jih-Hsuan Lin, director of the International Master's Program in International Communication Studies (IMICS), highlighted the diverse student body that will benefit from the collaboration.


Before the signing of the ceremony, Dr. Gorham and Dr. Chock had the opportunity to tour the XR Hub NCCU, Meta's first XR-related collaboration project with a university in Taiwan. The firsthand experience with NCCU's cutting-edge facilities further cemented their appreciation for its dedication to technological innovation and academic excellence.


The collaboration between NCCU and Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications signifies a new chapter in international academic cooperation, poised to generate innovative research, foster cross-cultural understanding, and empower the next generation of communication professionals.


Dr. Gorham and Dr. Chock paid a visit to the NCCU President one day ahead of the ceremony.


Dr. Katherine Yi-Ning Chen and Dr. Bradley Gorham signed the MOU as representatives of NCCU and Syracuse.


From left to right, Dr Tammy Jih-Hsuan Lin, Dr Makana Chock, Dr Bradley Gorham, Dr Katherine Yi-Ning Chen, and Dr Tsung-Jen Shih were photographed together after the signing ceremony.


Witnessing the momentous move made by both universities, everyone in attendance gathered for the group photo following the signing ceremony.

A group photo was taken at the XR Hub of the College of Communication, NCCU, the first XR lab established by Metaverse in higher education institutions in Taiwan.


MA students from the College of Communication at NCCU provided Dr. Gorham with instructions on the facility.

Dr. Chock and Dr. Gorham were on a lab tour guided by Dr. Jih-Hsuan Lin.

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