UNCP Makes New
Friends on Whirlwind Tour of Asia
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Allen C. Meadors returned recently from a tour of Asia where he laid
the groundwork for new international opportunities and made many new
friends for UNC Pembroke.
The tour began in
Taiwan and ended in Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with stops in
the Peoples Republic of China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. A highlight
of the tour was a meeting with A. Eugene Chien, who is Taiwans
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
We are making
contacts in many areas of the world in order to improve the educational
experience of our students, Chancellor Meadors said.
relationships is essential in all partnerships especially internationally.
abroad has paid off with new students, faculty and program exchange
agreements in the past year in Europe and Asia. The latest round of
negotiations are underway with four Taiwanese universities, and pacts
are expected soon on other continents.
agreements like these strengthen our entire university in so many ways,
Chancellor Meadors said. We have ambitious goals and an aggressive
timeframe in which to accomplish them.
One goal is to build
UNCPs international student enrollment to five percent of the
total student body. That would result in 200-300 international students
on campus, said Dr. Alex Chen, associate vice chancellor for the Office
of International Programs.
a diverse student body is important, and so is giving our students international
exposure, Dr. Chen said. Another goal is to build up programs,
like the MBA program with high quality international students. The United
States is a desirable destination for Asian students.
With a growing number
of agreements in Europe and Asia, Chancellor Meadors and Dr. Chen are
now beginning to target universities in Mexico, Central America and
in the Spanish-speaking world is our next priority, Chancellor
Meadors said. We will continue building relationships in all parts
of the globe.
is a summary of recent travels:
Hsing Wu College,
This college offers
two-year and four-year degrees in a variety of business areas. With
more than 10,000 students, Hsing Wu College would like to forge agreements
with four-year institutions like UNCP to accept their students into
baccalaureate degree programs. They are also seeking a university partner
to host summer programs.
from Hsing Wu plan to travel to UNCP in March to review their proposals.
When an agreement with the college is reached, UNCP would be Hsing Wus
first international partner.
is a relatively new university that was founded in 1980. It offers programs
to its 4,000 students in liberal arts, engineering, business and art.
Talks with Huafan
are in the early stages, but there is mutual interest in continuing
education programs in Asian culture and business management. Faculty
research and exchanges are being discussed.
Culture University, Taiwan
With 23,000 students,
the Chinese Culture University offers a wide range of programs in foreign
languages, science, law, agriculture, engineering, business administration,
mass communications, art and education.
There are many opportunities
for UNCP with a university of this size. Student and faculty exchange
rograms will be explored in further talks. Among other programs that
interest the Chinese Culture University are the Master of Arts in Music
Education, the Master of Arts in Art Education and continuing education
training in science for high school teachers.
Yuan Christian University, Taiwan
with an enrollment of 13,500, was founded in 1955 by a group of Christian
educators. It offers programs in science, engineering, business, design,
humanities and education. Like many Asian universities, Chung Yuan strongly
encourages its students to study abroad.
met with Chung Yuans Dr. Stephen S. K. Hsiung, the President,
Dr. John Wei-Shan Hu, dean of the Business College and Dr. Ho-Ching
Lee, director of International Programs, about student exchanges. They
also studied the idea of a joint program with UNCPs American Indian
Studies and Chung Yuans Tribal Studies Program.
government-sponsored foundation offers certificate and testing programs
in computer skills. One of the functions of this group is to give certification
examinations to government employees in computer competency. It tests
about 600,000 people each year.
There are several
opportunities to consider with this group, including testing programs
for UNCP students that would exempt them from Computer Science Department
requirements and to offer business certificate programs with them in
Guangxi Art College
of China, Peoples Republic of China
Guangxi Art College
is one of six colleges in China that offers programs in music, art,
design and education. The college has two campuses and 4,000 students.
Guangxi Art College is interested in student exchange programs for art
and music education majors.
College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Founded in 1997,
Nilai is one of the first private colleges in Malaysia. It has an enrollment
of approximately 2,000 with a strong international contingent.
Although it offers
four-year degrees, many of Nilais students transfer to universities
in nations outside Asia. As a partner university, UNCP would accept
transfer students from the college. An articulation agreement is being
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