The Union Recorder

May 15, 2013

Georgia College partners with Taiwan, China universities


GCSU Communications

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.”

Liao-Troth and Call were able to visit with two Georgia College alumni in Taiwan and two in China.

Their visit also helped arrange for two faculty members from XHU to come to Georgia College in the future to research and lecture in computer science and finance.

The goal is for this to be only the beginning of many future collaborations.

“We discussed the possibility in the future of welcoming groups of students from TMUE and KHU on a contract basis, where they would do part of their study for bachelor’s or master’s degree in China or Taiwan and part of their study at Georgia College,” said Call. “Students would then receive degrees from both institutions. We’ll continue to discuss those possibilities and ultimately sign specific agreements related to those contracts,” said Call.

Georgia College typically sends and receives more than 20 students on exchange each year with approximately a dozen different partners.

For more information on the exchanges program available, visit gcsu.edu/international.

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