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Meeting in Taiwan brings together directors of the UBIAS network

by Richard Meckien - published Nov 25, 2014 02:35 PM - - last modified Dec 16, 2014 05:14 PM

Encontro Ubias TaiwanFrom November 27 to 29, the 3rd meeting of directors of the UBIAS (University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study) network, which brings together 34 institutes of advanced studies based at universities around the world, will be held in Taipei, Taiwan. The IEA-USP is one of the members of the network's Steering Committee.

Coordinated by the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (IHS) of the National Taiwan University (NTU), the event will have the theme Breaking Through Boundaries and Old Paradigms in the New Age of Globalization and a special focus: Rising East Asia in the New Age of Globalization.

Over four days there will be a series of panels and conferences. Among the issues to be addressed in addition to the specific themes of the meeting there are the contributions of thought in East Asia, Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula to the global scientific production; the potential of the UBIAS network; creativity and interdisciplinarity; models of cooperation between the institutes linked to the network; research leading in the field of natural sciences and technology in institutes of advanced studies; and the importance of social sciences and humanities in the discussion of pressing issues (see schedule).

Held annually, the meeting of directors is an opportunity for network members to share experiences, promote cultural and scientific exchanges, and articulate inter-institutional partnerships, such as the Intercontinental Academia (ICA). Synthesized in the concept 2 + 2 + 2, the initiative is an international academic cooperation project, which aims to bring together two institutes of UBIAS, in two different continents, over two interdisciplinary workshops. to develop a joint research focused on a cross-thematic topic.

Under the responsibility of the IEA-USP and the Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) of Nagoya University, the ICA pilot project will have "Time" as its theme. The activities will begin in April 2015, when the first workshop takes place in São Paulo, and will continue until January / February 2016, the period for the second one, to be held in Nagoya.

Issues relating to the general planning of the ICA, the programme of the workshops and the selection of participating researchers in the pilot project will be discussed during the meeting.


On the first day of the meeting, Martin Grossmann, director of the IEA-USP, and Cai Dapeng, associate professor of the IAR, will talk about the progress of the ICA on the panel São Paulo - Nagoya Intercontinental Academia 2015: Overview, Prospects, and Progress Report. The presentation of Grossmann and Capeng will be moderated by Yun-han Chu, professor of political science at the NTU.

Grossmann will also give the talk The challenges of the University in the 21st century: nowadays and in possible futures in the panel Thinking from Latin America and Iberia, to be held on November 29. The other panel speakers will be José Vicente Tavares dos Santos, director of the Latin American Institute Advanced Studies (ILEA) of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), and Rocío Davis Garcia, representative of the Instituto Cultura y Sociedad of the University of Navarra, Spain. Moderation will be in charge of Luisa Shu-Ying Chang, director of the Office of International Affairs of NTU.