November 27, 2019
During a ceremonial act at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Prof. Dr. Bernard Kao, Vice-Dean of the College of Innovation and Industry Liaison at National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan, was bestowed the title of Honorary Professor of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences by Prof. Dr. Angelika Altmann-Dieses, Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs, in honor of his long-standing commitment to the partnership between NCHU and HsKA. As a diplomatic representative of Taiwan, Ms. Sabine Chin-Ying Weng, Director of the Education Department at the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany, attended the ceremony.
In his laudation, Prof. Dr. Stefan Bleiweis, Vice-Dean for International Affairs and Course Director of the Tricontinental Master in Global Studies (TRIM) program at HsKA’s Faculty of Management Science and Engineering, said: “We always had and still have a congenial and most fruitful cooperation when designing, establishing and running the TRIM program. Especially noteworthy is his clear and reliable communication.”
In his inaugural lecture Prof. Kao said: “This is the best moment of my life since my marriage and the birth of my son."
Prof. Kao is one of the most renowned legal scholars in his country with an excellent network of international contacts. He studied Law at Warwick University in England, where he was also awarded his Ph.D. in International Law and Legal Studies. For more than 15 years Dr. Kao has been a professor at NCHU, where he is Founding Director of the Department of Financial Law, as well as Founding Dean of the College of Law and Politics. He also serves on numerous important university bodies.
As early as in the winter semester of 2012/13 Prof. Kao was involved in designing a joint international Summer School of four Taiwanese universities, in which numerous students of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences participated. This resulted in Bernard Kao being the initial contact at NCHU for the new degree program Tricontinental Master in Global Studies, which was then being devised by HsKA’s Faculty of Management Science and Engineering. Subsequently Prof. Kao became the Course Director in Taiwan for this program, which started in 2015. As an arduous motivator for his NCHU colleagues and a committed contact person for international students he has made an enormous contribution to the program in and beyond Taiwan.
The TRIM program entails studying at three universities on three continents. Each year students start their degree course at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences before moving, in the second semester, to NCHU in Taiwan, and in the third, to the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM) in Mexico. For their fourth and final semester, students are free to choose where they want to write their Master’s thesis.