[Lecture]: Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi and the relevance of their message for today’s world: The need to marry technology with tradition

Can science and technology alone guarantee progress, peace, justice and happiness? Is material prosperity the only true measure of prosperity? Is it also promoting unhealthy competition and even conflict, among nations and communities? How can we make the modern world free of wars and violence, including the violence inflicted on Mother Nature due to environmentally destructive ‘development’? The timeless message of Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi has the right answers to these questions. Sudheendra Kulkarni, author of the book MUSIC OF THE SPINNING WHEEL: Mahatma Gandhi’s Manifesto for the Internet Age, will argue in his talk that a marriage between modern digital-age technologies with the world’s diverse spiritual-cultural traditions can help humanity enter a new stage of harmonious development and evolution.

Date: Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Time: 2PM-5PM Venue: R360304, 3F, International Building 國際大樓304教室

Speaker: Sudheendra Kulkarni, Chairman of Observer Research Foundation Mumbai

The speech will be delivered in English and open to anyone interested.演講全程以英語進行。

Please feel most welcome to join us! Contact: ciee@nccu.edu.tw

Or go to NCCU event sign-up system (How to use the system?): http://moltke.cc.nccu.edu.tw/Registration/registration.do?action=conferenceInfo&conferenceID=X08956

Hosted by:CIEE Taipei Study Center & 鄭恵中布衣工作室

Helped by:台灣佛教善女人協會 & 台灣東西文化中心學友會

Poster pdf file here

Invitation to first Student Speaker Series (with free dinner!)

Greetings NCCU international students!

The NCCU International Association (IA) is pleased to invite you to attend the first ever Student Speaker Series on October 29th from 6:30-7:30pm in Meeting Room 2 on the 7th Floor of the Administration Building.

The NCCU IA Student Speaker Series aims to showcase the research, work, and interests of some of the fascinating and talented international students on NCCU campus.

We are honored to welcome Piotr Kurczewski (古正浩), who will share
on the topic Why I am much happier as a vegetarian.Speaker Series Poster I Piotr

Piotr Kurczewski is a third-year PhD student with the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies (IDAS) at NCCU. He comes from Poland and has been living in Taiwan since 2012.

In June Piotr wrote a petition to the NCCU President asking the school authorities to launch a vegetarian buffet on NCCU campus. The petition has been already signed by over 260 people (about 200 of them being NCCU students).

As a result of this green initiative, the school plans to open the buffet in November 2014. Piotr also started a NCCU Goes Green website promoting green lifestyle on NCCU campus.

Petition: www.gopetition.com/petitions/nccu-goes-green-veggy-buffet-on-the-campus.html
NCCU Goes Green project: www.facebook.com/NCCUGoesGreen

After a brief presentation, we will open the floor for Q&A and relaxed discussion, while enjoying an excellent (vegetarian) dinner together.

Come curious and open-minded and enjoy a relaxed evening interacting with your fellow students, Taiwanese and international alike!

Please register online by filling in the Google Sheet at http://goo.gl/BQxRkU by 10am on October 29 to join us for a free meal.If you have any questions, please email ia.nccu@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mandarin And Taiwanese Speech Contest For International Students


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To gain the cultural communication and let the students exhibit their learning achievements.


International students who study mandarin in universities or language center in Taiwan. Participants should group in 2-5 people. Note that if the total amount of signed-up teams over 20, some may be rejected according to the sign-up priority.


Nov. 29th, 2014 13:00 – 17:30


Speech Hall on 5F of BoAi bldg. of National Taiwan Normal University

(Address: No. 129, Section 1, Heping East Rd, Daan District, Taipei City)

#How to sign up:

A team fills a sign-up form and send it before Oct. 31st, 2014

  1. a) By email to: taipeisungching@gmail.com
  2. b) By mail to: 台北松青扶輪社

( Tel:02-2713-9079; Address 1F., No.708, Minzu E. Rd., Songshan Dist., Taipei City 105)

#Speech topic:

It could be any topic that shows the culture of participants’ country.

Part1: Performance related to the culture of participants’ country. The form is not restricted. There will be microphones for each performance.

Part2: Speech – introducing your performance in part 1 in Mandarin or Taiwanese. This should be mainly fulfilled by the team leader. Anyhow, other team members can be helpers. (Duration: 4mins; 4:30 at most)

#Instruction on the day:

  1. Prepare your passport and your student ID card to register.
  2. Please arrive at the venue before 12:00 to draw lots for the priority.
  3. Those who doesn’t’ t finished register and drawing lots will be regarded as giving up your right of the contest.

#Ranking standard:

  1. Performance 30% – voting of audience (every team can have 2 people joining voting)
  2. Speech 60% (content 50%, diction 35%, manner 15%)
  3. Time controlling: total maximum for a team is 9 mins

*5 mins for performance and 4 mins for speech

*In each part, any additional 30 secs cause 1 point reduction on grade

*In speech part, there will be 2 reminders at 3:30 and 4:00. When it comes to 4:30,

your microphone will be muted. 


  1. For any 2 teams get the same total grade, the consideration priority will be “content,” “diction,” “manner” and then ” performance.”
  2. Participants can’t have their script on hand.


1st place – a certificate and NTD 20,000

2nd place – a certificate and NTD 12,000

3rd place – a certificate and NTD 8,000

Special prize for Taiwanese speech – certificate and NTD 8,000

*The teams who do not get any prize will be paid NTD 1,000 for travel expense.

*The performance will be uploaded to YouTube. The team whose video gets the most numerous views before Jan. 31st, 2015 will get a certificate and NTD 3,000


There will be 5-7 judges in the contest.

P.S. Any detail which is incomplete or inappropriate can be modified before the contest. If so, participants will be informed!

Invitation to OIC Second Orientation

Greetings NCCU International Students!

I sincerely hope you’ve had a wonderful first few weeks on campus, and whether you are new to Taiwan or not, are enjoying this part of your academic journey.

Forthcoming Survey
Many of you attended OIC’s Orientation on September 11th. We are eager to hear your feedback regarding orientation, and will be sending a survey form in the near future.

Invitation to 2nd Orientation
In the meantime, we would like to extend an invitation to a special 2nd Orientation event to take place Thursday, October 2nd from 12:30-3:30PM (7th Floor of the Administration Building, Meeting Room 5). The topic is “Navigating Life in Taiwan and at NCCU.”

We will gather for lunch and discuss Taiwanese culture, academic life in Taiwan, and cross-cultural experience in general. It will be a good chance to meet other international students and develop some strategies for benefiting from your time abroad.

If you are interested, please sign up here.

Office of Cross-Cultural Program Advisor
As a reminder as well, you are welcome to visit my office to chat. I am located on the 3rd Floor of the Administration Building (turn left coming from the stairs or elevator) from 2-5pm on Monday or Wednesday, or arrange to meet by appointment (dalealbanese@gmail.com).

NCCU International Association Needs You!
We also encourage you to visit the NCCU International Association website (http://nccuinternational.wordpress.com/) and Facebook Group (NCCU International Association), and if you wish to get more involved in campus, please join us! This campus needs the energy and support of its wonderful international cohort to make NCCU the most vibrant academic environment it can be.

Once again, I hope this semester is off to a great start, and I look forward an opportunity to meet!

Best regards,

Dale Albanese
NCCU Office of International Cooperation, Cross-Cultural Program Advisor
NCCU Department of Education

2nd orientation 2014 poster


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