MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia College recently formed educational partnerships with several universities in China and Taiwan.
Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs and Dr. Dwight Call, assistant vice president for international education, visited East Asia during April, working to set up agreements with the universities to increase student recruitment and develop partnerships for faculty and students exchange.
They helped establish memorandums of exchange between Georgia College and three universities: Taipei Municipal University of Education (TMUE); Shih Hsin University (SHU); and Xihua University (XHU).
“These partnerships are great for the students and faculty of all the institutions,” said Liao-Troth. “This will mean more international visitors to Milledgeville in terms of students and visiting faculty, new regions of the world for our students to visit and additional topics for them to study while abroad and introductions for our faculty to new colleagues for collaboration.”
While in East Asia, Liao-Troth and Call visited the universities and met with administrators.
They also were able to meet two students from TMUE, who have been accepted for the exchange program with Georgia College this fall. TMUE will soon change its name to the University of Taipei.
“The two students coming from TMUE were very excited and asked many questions,” said Liao-Troth. “Neither has been to Georgia, Atlanta or Milledgeville before so they were very mindful of the remarkable adventure on which they were embarking.”
At XHU, the Georgia College administrators gave a presentation in English to an auditorium filled with about 150 students interested in studying on exchange in the U.S.
“Many students revealed in their questions that they understand the differences in education offered at Chinese and U.S. institutions of higher education,” said Call. “They showed a great interest in the focus that liberal arts universities in the U.S. give to developing critical thinking.”