BY Liu Chen-Yu
Professor Terry Flew, President of the International Communication Association (ICA) and a professor of Media and Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, shared his perspectives about international communication research and collaboration experience at National Chengchi University (NCCU) on April 11, 2019.
Professor Terry Flew emphasized the importance of publicizing the research achievement of faculty members and researchers. For example, at QUT, a website was created that provides information about institutional academic performance based on different criteria, such as Units of Evaluations (UoEs), unique research outputs and income reports. Professor Flew thought that the researchers have a transparent system to observe. Also, Pressor Flew mentioned that to increase the number of quality research papers, QUT gives monetary awards for scholars to publish academic works in order to increase both globe influence and world ranking.
After the brief talk offered by Professor Flew, Professor Trisha Tsui-Chuan Lin from Department of Radio and Television asked if universities in Austria prefer hiring PhDs who obtained his or her degree abroad, as this seems to be a common practice in Taiwan. Professor Flew answered that a related degree is even more essential than international experience. Professor Tsung-Jen Shih, the director of the International Master’s Program in International Communication Studies (IMICS), also shared his observation about the decrease in the number of students who would like to pursue a doctoral degree due to the limited job markets in Taiwan. Professor Flew said that it is also an issue in Australia that fewer people are considering about the doctoral degree. However, it is important to create a friendlier and effective educational system that helps students in publishing.
“I learned that how important international collaboration is and I recognized the brand of a school could be really essential,” Febbie Austina Kwanda, an international student of IMICS from Indonesia, shared her opinions after the speech. She has been studied in Taiwan for two years participating in several international conferences in NCCU. “I have recognized that participating in an international conference could be really helpful to connect a global resource.”
Last but not least, Professor Flew brought up some advice to students in the speech to encourage students in the future. There are many international opportunities nowadays that students should challenge themselves.
Professor Flew was jointly invited by the Taiwan Institute for Governance and Communication Research (TIGCR) and the College of Communication. After this forum, he also joined a panel discussion on the topic of platform internet and trust, along with three other panelists from the industry and the academia in Taiwan. On April 9th, professor flew gave a speech about how internet platform changes its position in nowadays society. The press release of this talk can be accessed here.