While attending the Florida-Taiwan Higher Education Conference, President Terry McMahan of Hodges University signed an agreement of academic cooperation with several Taiwanese universities that will strengthen bilateral educational and learning opportunities between Hodges and Taiwan.
During the conference, representatives from the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, the Florida State University System, and the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan met to explore education opportunities between the two locations.
“This is a great educational opportunity for the people of Taiwan as well as the students and faculty of Hodges University,” said McMahan. “This agreement allows the institutions involved a chance to develop academic and cultural interchange, and will enhance relations between the two groups.
“We live and interact in an increasingly globalized world. International education and academic interaction can have a long lasting impact on students and hopefully our two countries’ academic exchanges will spur greater advances in today’s academic environment.”
Taiwan’s Ministry of Education established the Taiwan-Florida Scholarship in 2010, providing $10 million (Taiwan New Dollar) for students and faculty from cooperating universities to apply for admission to universities in Florida.
Geared toward enhancing bilateral cooperation in higher education between Taiwan and Florida, areas of interest and discussion included faculty and student exchanges, joint academic programs, dual degree programs, joint research/publication endeavors and the establishment and promotion of cultural events and art exhibitions.
Institutions involved in the exchange with Hodges include the National University of Tainan, Kun Shan University, Lunghwa University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, and National Kaohsiung University.
The conference was organized by the Chinese American Scholars & Professionals Association of Florida (www.caspaf.org), a non-profit educational organization. Its vision is to serve as a bridge between the U.S./Canada and China/Taiwan by advancing academic research and professional achievement, and providing opportunities for networking and partnership between academic and professional organizations in Taiwan and Florida.