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USC and Taiwan partner on PhD fellowships

October 7, 2011
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Originally published by USC News. Written by Suzanne Wu.

USC and the Taiwan Ministry of Education have established the Taiwan-USC Scholarships in a joint partnership that will provide Ph.D. students from Taiwan with full tuition and living stipends as they pursue advanced degrees at the university.

The partnership was announced on Oct. 6 at a signing ceremony attended in Taipei by representatives from USC and the Taiwan Ministry.

“The Taiwan-USC fellowships represent a joint effort to cultivate outstanding Taiwanese students and scholars,” said Tony W. T. Lin, director-general of the Bureau of International Cultural and Educational Relations in Taiwan. “We are excited to support students from Taiwan as they continue to pursue their ideas and research.”

USC and the Taiwan Ministry will contribute to the scholarships, which be available beginning next fall for up to five Taiwanese doctoral students accepted to USC in a wide range of disciplines.

“USC benefits from the rich diversity of its students, scholars and faculty who come from around the world to become members of the Trojan Family,” said Randolph Hall, vice president of research, who was in Taipei for the signing ceremony. “This fellowship program will help support our outstanding doctorate students from Taiwan as we work together to meet the world’s most pressing challenges.”

USC is the third university to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Taiwan Ministry for joint fellowships supporting the studies of top Taiwanese Ph.D. students abroad.

The University of Cambridge and Washington University in St. Louis are the two universities already partnering with the Taiwan Ministry.

The USC Office of Global Initiatives maintains seven international offices, including an office in Taipei.

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