Taiwan Studies Programme Workshop held at UGent

From April 20-21 the Taiwan Studies Programme Workshop entitled “Maritime Territorial Disputes In The Asia Pacific Region: A Critical Appraisal” took place at the University of Gent (UGent). The seminar was organized by the UGent holder of the Taiwan Studies Chair, Prof. Yih-Jye Hwang of Leiden University.  In 2016 the Ministry of Education in Taiwan signed an agreement with UGent, Groningen University and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen to set up a Taiwan Studies Programme, inviting one Taiwan scholar per academic year to teach, do research and hold a workshop at one of the participating universities.  The first workshop took place at UGent. International scholars from the Netherlands, Germany, South-Korea, Japan, Taiwan, mainland China and Belgium attended and contributed to the workshop’s great success.

The workshop provided a forum for scholars and experts for the discussion of maritime issues challenging the Asia Pacific Region from historical, legal, political and military points of view. Participants included international scholars from National Taiwan University, Ryokoku University and Chonbuk National University and European scholars from Groningen University, Leiden University, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Ghent University, Catholic University of Louvain, University of Antwerp and the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security. The significance of the event means the compilation of articles presented will be published in an academic journal, for future reference.

The workshop ended with a small ceremony in honor of the donation of a calligraphy work by the Taiwanese artist Kuo Tok to UGent’s Department of Sinology. Dr. Kuo Yu-Haey, former Professor of UGent and daughter of the artist, together with her husband, Prof. em. Ferdinand Lambein, formally handed over the work to Prof. Bart Dessein. Some of Kuo Tok’s works were previously exhibited at UGent throughout October 2016 as part of the Taiwan Spotlight events at the university.

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