As the world started opening their borders after the global pandemic, the Center for International Indigenous Affairs（CIIA）of National Dong Hwa University（NDHU）, which focuses on actively promoting international exchange, recently travelled abroad to participate in two major international conferences - the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium（WINHEC）held in Minnesota, USA, and the World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education（WIPCE）held in Adelaide, Australia.
The Department of International Business, National Dong Hwa University（abbreviated as Dept. of IB henceforth）, under the leadership of Associate Professor Mohammad Shadab Khalil of the Dept. of IB, embarked on a field trip to India from December 9th to December 15th 2022. This field trip was to visit India, allowing students to experience firsthand the local culture of India and to learn about the cross-country management practices.
On Tuesday, December 6th－National Dong Hwa University's Center for International Affairs welcomed our visiting faculty and students from Western Sydney University（WSU）, Australia. Their delegation consists of Indigenous students of the Kamilaroi, Ngemba Weilwan, Wiradjuri, Warrimay（Worimi）, and Guribunga clans. The students have various academic backgrounds with some pursuing a bachelor's in nursing, some pursuing a bachelor's in cyber security, and some pursuing a bachelor's in Aboriginal primary education. The WSU delegation is leading by Professor Yi－Chen Lan（藍易振）, the Pro Vice－Chancellor and Global Development Provost, and other visiting faculty members include Fiona Towney（Wiradjuri）the Director of the Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education at WSU, Kylie Beerens（Kamilaroi）Executive Assistant and Project Officer for the Office of the Pro Vice－Chancellor of Global Development.
The Center for International Indigenous Affairs(CIIA) in the College of Indigenous Studies, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, led a Regional Gathering of the Native American Indigenous Studies Association(NAISA), from April 22-25, on Pongso no Tao(Lanyu/Orchid Island). Juried and awarded by the international NAISA Council, the CIIA event was one of eight global gatherings, and the only one held in Asia. The Regional Gathering was co-conceived by CIIA Director Dr. Jolan Hsieh(Bavaragh Dagalomai) and the Visiting Scholar Dr. Dana Powell. The event is an integral part of Hsieh and Powell's 2021-2022 Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology(MOST) Instructional Research Award - The Global Connection and Collaborative : Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development.
Miss Arada Mahasawin（also known as Neem）, the first international master graduate from the Department of Tourism, Recreation, and Leisure Studies, National Dong Hwa University won the first prize in the "SUPER FAN of Taiwan" event in Thailand on Apr. 9, 2022. The first prize included the round-trip ticket from Bangkok to Taiwan of Starlux Airlines（worth 22,250 THB）, cash 5,000 THB, and the limited edition of Easy Card（with 888 NTD）.
On the evening of December 23rd, the Ph.D. Program in Asia-Pacific Regional Studies, College of Human and Social Sciences, National Dong Hwa University held a warm Christmas Party. The doctoral students and professors of the program were invited to participate in and share together about academics and campus life in a warm atmosphere.
The Ph.D. Program in Asia-Pacific Regional Studies - National Dong Hwa University, under supervision by the director, Professor Wang, Hurng-Jyuhn together with a total of 10 international students, from 5 different countries in the program had a field trip as a part of Research Methods of Social Science Studies to Fenglin Township, Hualien on November 30th, 2021.
The annual Pan-Pacific University League Alliance Conference meeting was held on October 22nd 2021 at the Lakeshore Hotel, organized by the National Dong Hwa University（NDHU）. President Han-Chieh Chao said that it was rare in recent years for a meeting to be attended by all of the Presidents of the Alliance Universities, with the reason being to welcome the new Alliance member, the National Taiwan Ocean University（NTOU）. President Hsu Tai-Wen from the NTOU said that by joining the Alliance they can be part of a larger team and each member can bring their own areas of individual expertise to help develop new projects for the benefit of all. President Hsu then presented gifts of health care products which NTOU developed to the Alliance's Presidents.
Center for International Indigenous Affairs（CIIA）congradulate Pan Wan-Chin and Aing Banday for achieving the "The Order of the Circle of Elders of Indigenous Wisdom" for 2021 from The World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium（WINHEC）
In response to the Ministry of Education's Higher Education project called SPROUT （Sustained Progress and Rise of Universities in Taiwan 高教深耕） the National Dong Hwa University's （NDHU） College of Indigenous Peoples （CIS） is leading a project called College - Indigenous Communities Alliance （部落結盟） , which serves CIS's missions and goals to students and indigenous communities. Professors Jolan HSIEH （Bavaragh Dagalomai謝若蘭） and CHEN Yi-feng （陳毅峰） has planned and arranged two critical learning field trips for their doctoral students in the Fall semester of 2020 for this project. The critical leaning field trips are for engaging doctoral students' to connect academic theories to indigenous knowledge and critical issues.
Over the last 6 months, COVID-19 had made a huge impact on most people's lives; it also creates an opportunity for nature to recover. A few months after the beginning of the epidemic, many rare wild animal species reappear, including whale sharks, which was seen not long ago at the open sea near Taiwan.