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FJCU collaborated with University of Leuven to hold seminars for cultural exchange 2020

International Federation of Catholic Universities (FIUC)

FJCU collaborated with the University of Leuven on a Chinese Civilization and Culture program (SDG17), which is a 3-year project (2019-2021) that includes 9 faculty members from 7 academic departments (French, English, Textiles and Clothing, Philosophy, Communication Arts, Financial and Economic Law, as well as the Faculty of Theology of St. Robert Bellarmine). Each year, 3 faculty members from FJCU will head to the University of Leuven for 8 hours of teaching. The project is a special seminar that is part of an existing program at the University of Leuven, adopting a co-teaching, co-learning concept.
In 2019, 3 teachers headed to University of Leuven to teach classes:
October 2019: Professor Chien-shuo Chiu, Chair of the Department of Philosophy
November 2019: Professor Jean-Yves Heurtebise, Department of French Language and Culture
December 2019: Professor Donna Tong, Department of English Language and Literature

Related practical events:
* FJCU works together with international partners to collate information on SDGs
* By collaborating with the Society of Jesus in Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia, FJCU learned that there is a lack of teachers in the area, and decided to provide resources and training
* By collaborating with NGO Philippine Philanthropic Fund, FJCU learned that enrolment was less than 50% in elementary schools in the Philippines, and decided to help provide education to children living in dense urban areas marked by poverty
* By collaborating with Xavier Learning Community, FJCU learned that impoverished youths in northern Thailand lack access to tertiary education, and decided to provide aid to local efforts in offering Chinese language classes
* By working with Father Vinai of Huilong Chinese School in northern Thailand, FJCU learned that communities in the region are challenged on three fronts due to historical factors: social issues, a lack of teachers, and lack of education
* FJCU collaborated with the Department of Biology of the University of San Carlos to improve the productivity of livestock
* FJCU collaborated with University of Leuven to hold seminars for cultural exchange
* FJCU collaborates with domestic and international agencies in an effort to enable the sharing of medical knowledge across languages
* FJCU collaborates with the New Sorbonne University on intercultural exchange between two cities