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Originally published by USC News.
High-level delegation led by USC President C. L. Max Nikias completed a successful week of outreach and connections in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei on Feb. 21. The delegation’s purpose was to strengthen existing links with Taiwanese institutions and explore new opportunities for partnerships in Taiwan.
“USC is committed to supporting scholarly talent across the globe, and Taiwan has long been a source of outstanding students and research partnerships for our university,” Nikias said. “I am confident that this delegation will help strengthen USC’s engagement with Taiwanese institutions and open new opportunities for collaboration.
During the week-long visit, USC delegates met with Chen Chien-jen, vice president of Taiwan, as well as several partners across government, industry and academia while connecting with the university’s growing base of alumni, parents, prospective students and friends. A Feb. 20 reception hosted by the university attracted more than 400 friends and supporters, as well as local heads of schools and academic partners.
“USC has longstanding ties in the Pacific Rim, and this trip redoubles our efforts with an important partner in the Asian region,” said Anthony Bailey, USC vice president for strategic and global initiatives.
On Feb. 21, delegation members visited National Taiwan University (NTU), where they met with their counterparts from NTU’s colleges and professional schools to discuss possible programs and exchanges. In his welcoming remarks, NTU President Pan Chyr-Yang noted the two universities’ many points of intersection, including student exchange, internship programs and membership in the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. Both he and Nikias serve on the steering committee of the organization.
USC currently enrolls 443 students from Taiwan, the university’s fourth-largest source of international students. The USC office in Taiwan, opened in 1998, helps facilitate academic partnerships, attract prospective students and engage with the more than 4,000 alumni living and working in Taiwan.
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