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US university signs education deal with Taiwanese partners

By Jenny W. Hsu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Internationalization of education will help students gain a wider view to compete in the emerging globalized market, said Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart yesterday as she signed an education partnership program with six top ranking universities in Taiwan.

Under the "3+2 dual bachelor's-master's program," undergraduate students from National Taiwan Normal University, National Sun Yat-sen University, Tunghai University, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan Science and Technology University and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) can obtain a two-year graduate degree at Temple University after finishing three years of undergraduate studies in Taiwan. Their degrees will be recognized both by Temple University and by their Taiwanese university.

This was the first time that a single foreign university has formed an educational alliance with six Taiwanese universities simultaneously.

Hart said Taiwan's success in research and education has been vital to its growth. The joint program, she said, is a win-win situation that not only benefits the students and faculties in the participating schools, but also enhances both countries' interests.

NCKU president Michael Lai (賴明詔) said it is a two-way program, where students from Temple University are also welcome to study in Taiwan.

"Taiwan offers a wide array of incentives for American students, such as scholarships and internship opportunities in its science parks," he said.

Thomas Hodges from the American Institute in Taiwan said that international cooperation among schools has not only become important, but indispensable. The dual program between Temple and the six Taiwanese universities typifies the spirit of US-Taiwan educational collaboration that spans decades.

To attract Taiwanese students, Temple University will also offer summer English courses prior to their education.

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