Min-Yu Li, Chang Jung Christian University
APRIL 13, 2020
Helping Students and Faculty Meet the World
“As a Christian institute, Chang Jung Christian University aims to nurture individuals to become caring leaders, respond to global challenges, and uphold ethics, responsibility, integrity, and justice,” Min-Yu Li, director of the university’s Office of Global Engagement said in a recent interview. “We strongly believe these are the values that guide young people’s conduct and lead them to their self-realization.” At Chang Jung Christian University, part of the process of developing those values is to create an international atmosphere on campus. “This helps students and faculty meet the world, brings them opportunities to understand cultures, and helps them adapt to change,” Dr. Li said.
As a 2018-2019 United Board Fellow, Dr. Li took a fresh look at internationalization during her placement at Assumption University in Thailand. Her placement reinforced the importance of creating an internationally friendly campus. “The most important element of an internationally friendly campus is that people are able to communicate with each other,” she said. “A lingua franca, usually English, needs to be adopted as the medium of communication.” Creating a sense of inclusion also means taking a closer look at the campus infrastructure. “Is there praying space for different religious requirements? Will the variety of food choices satisfy different dietary needs? Are there any symbolic constructions that would strengthen the value and culture of the university?” These are some of the practical considerations that help translate goals into action. (More Detail)