In light of the recent abduction-murder of a female college student in Kaohsiung, National Police Agency (NPA) Director-General Chen Ja-chin (陳家欽), Nantou County Police Bureau Director-General Lu Hsin-tsai (呂新財), Deputy Director-General Chen Shih-pao (陳世寶), Chief Inspector Hung Hung-rong (洪宏榮), Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Brigade Leader Ting Chun-ren (丁俊仁), and Puli Police Precinct Commissioner Fang Chiu-mei (方秋梅) met with National Chi Nan University (NCNU) President Dr. Yuhlong Oliver Su (蘇玉龍) on Nov. 5 to discuss shoring up campus security and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of students and professors alike.
The off-campus murder of a female college student from Malaysia in Taiwan has called attention to the need for reviewing standard procedures and safety protocols, with NPA Director-General Chen leading the police's initiative in meeting school officials and holding discussions with students. NCNU, which works with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to recruit overseas compatriots and international students, is also reaching out to parents and overseas communities to address their concerns.
Director-General Chen explained that the Taiwanese police are working on increasing awareness of best campus practices while also soliciting feedback and advice through such visitations. Moreover, to make police resources more readily available to international students, NPA will soon add an English-language interface to its smartphone app, which offers news as well as free protective services such as GPS-tracking for cab rides.
Speaking as head of Taiwan's University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students, NCNU President Su explained that Malaysian nationals comprise the majority of overseas Chinese students enrolled in Taiwanese schools, and relayed some of the concerns put forth by the Malaysian compatriot community following the death of a 24-year-old Chang Jung Christian University student from Sibu, Malaysia.
Dr. Su also encouraged NPA officials and police officers to meet the parents of prospective students from Southeast Asia through “THE Online Exposition,” in which “THE” stands for “Taiwan Higher Education.” The MOE-funded platform is maintained by NCNU and takes the form of a digital educational expo, offering video conferences and admission information for over 100 Taiwanese universities.
The Nov. 5 meeting reaffirmed NPA and NCNU's joint commitment in safeguarding students and campus life. The new partnership will focus on curating news tailored for students, and strengthening public platforms for delivering such information. The Nantou-based university will also continue working closely with local police forces to offer more resources for international students, raise awareness of best practices for personal safety, and actively engage and communicate with parents through campus events and recruitment activities.
More English-language information and resources available from NPA here: https://www.npa.gov.tw/NPAGip/wSite/mp?mp=4