Hyderabad: The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC), New Delhi. Prof. E. Suresh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, The English and Foreign Languages University, and Member, UGC, New Delhi, and Mr. Peters Chen, Director of Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India, New Delhi, formally signed and exchanged the MoU at the EFLU, Hyderabad, on Friday.
The MoU facilitates student and teacher exchange for promoting Chinese and English languages and cultures. The other features of the MoU include promoting Mandarin language and culture, conducting of the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TCFL) and improve bilateral collaborations between the EFLU and the universities in Taiwan.
The Taiwan delegation that visited the University also comprised Dr. Chin Tsan Wang, Director, Science and Technology Division, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan, and Ms. Ellie Chiang, Associate Director of the Science and Technology Division.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Suresh Kumar stated that the signing of MoU was a momentous occasion in improving student- faculty-, educational-, and cultural- exchanges between the two countries and in strengthening relations between the two countries. He also emphasised on the need to develop proficiency in a foreign language such as Mandarin as it will improve the employment opportunities of the students.
Mr. Peters Chen, Director of Education, said that Mandarin is an important language in Asia and is assuming greater importance at the global level. He informed authorities of the EFLU that there were many scholarships and immersion programmes for the students interested in learning Mandarin.
Prof. E. Suresh Kumar and Mr. Peters Chen discussed the possibilities of offering dual degrees, offering customised teacher-training programmes in developing professional skills of English language teachers of Taiwan, and establishing Centre of English Language Training at Taiwan.