UNCP hosts university
delegation from Taiwan
Meadors (right) confers with CYCU President Stephen Hsiung
Delegates from Taiwan's
Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU), including President Stephen
S. K. Hsiung, visited The University of North Carolina at Pembroke recently
to meet with top administrators.
On the table for
discussion were student, faculty and program exchanges. CYCU has an
enrollment of 14,000 and is located south of Taipei, Taiwan's capital.
"We are trying
very hard to bring in international students," President Hsuing
said. "We signed exchange agreements with your university during
your Chancellor's visit last year."
biotechnology and cultural studies are areas of mutual interest, officials
said. With the Chinese delegation was Dr. John Wei-Shan Hu, Dean of
CYCU's School of Business.
"We want to
help you build up your MBA program by sending our students to study
at UNCP," Dr. Hu said. "If students are interested in international
business, we would like to host them on our campus."
said there is interest in developing joint research projects that would
allow for the exchange of different cultural points of view. CYCU and
UNCP officials are interested in traditional student exchange programs
as well as intensive exchange programs in business, language and culture.
Design Professor Diing-Wu, President Stephen Hsiung, Chancellor
Meadors and Business School Dean John Wei-Shan Hu
"We would like
students from both universities to live together in an intensive English
camp," President Hsiung said. "We know that you have an English
as a Second Language (ESL) program."
C. Meadors, who hosted the delegation, said CYCU and UNCP have many
common interests that present interesting educational opportunities
for UNCP students and faculty.
"It is one
of our goals to give every UNCP student and faculty member comprehensive
international exposure and an opportunity to see first hand the significance
of our global economy," Chancellor Meadors said. "If we are
to work and live together in this world, we must understand and appreciate
our differences and our similarities. "We look forward to working
with President Hsiung and Chung Yuan Christian University to further
enhance this goal."
Other programs are
biotechnology and native cultures, said Dr. Alex Chen, UNCP's Associate
Vice Chancellor for International Programs
"CYCU has a
biotechnology program that is 30 years old, and we will be meeting with
(UNCP chemistry) Professor Len Holmes and the North Carolina Biotechnology
Center to see if they can work with a program that we are starting up
at UNCP," Dr. Chen said.
Also with the Taiwanese
delegation was Prof. Diing-Wuu Wu, from CYCU's design program. Dr. Diing-Wu
is a member of one of two major indigenous cultures on Taiwan.
"We would like
to focus on an exchange with the members of the Lumbee Tribe,"
Dr. Chen said. "Our visitors will meet with representatives of
our American Indian Studies and Native American Resource Center. We
hope this kind of cultural exchange would enhance our American Indian
Studies program and enrich the educational experiences of our American
A private university,
CYCU retains ties to Christian organizations, which founded the University
in 1955. Today, it is a modern university that has been cited three
times by Taiwan's Ministry of Education as the top private comprehensive
university in the nation.
to University Newswire