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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
February 14, 2005
Volume 40, Number 7

Taiwan agreement opens door for exchange program


By Karen Wentworth

President Louis Caldera and Tsing Hua University President Frank Shu display the recently signed agreement.
UNM may host Taiwanese graduate students this fall as part of an exchange program with Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. This may be the first activity resulting from a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between UNM and Tsing Hua University.

In January, UNM President Louis Caldera led a group of university researchers to Taiwan to visit the institution.

The UNM delegation included Caldera, Vice President for Research and Economic Development Terry Yates, Arts and Sciences Dean Reed Dasenbrock, Center for High Technology Materials Director Steve Brueck, School of Engineering Associate Dean Kevin Malloy, Manufacturing Training and Technology Center Director John Wood, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Jingkuang Chen, Engineering Professor Gabriel Lopez and Physics Professor Wolfgang Rudolph.

The Study Abroad Program at UNM is now looking for students interested in studying in Taiwan. Several course areas at Tsing Hua are taught in English, and students would have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese. Any student interested in the program for Fall 2005 has until March 15 to apply at the UNM Offices of International Programs & Studies in Mesa Vista Hall, 277-4032.

The MOA may also be used for faculty exchanges. Several months ago, U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman arranged for a delegation of faculty and researchers from the Taiwan Research Park to visit New Mexico. January’s reciprocal trip to Taiwan was hosted by Tsing Hua University and the National Science Council of Taiwan.

Malloy said UNM faculty spoke with Taiwanese faculty in nuclear engineering and MEMS (microelectromechanical systems). He said the Taiwanese were particularly interested in hearing about UNM’s nuclear engineering program, which continues to see enrollment growth. They were also interested in the role UNM will play as one of the university partners in the future management of the Idaho National Laboratory.

In turn, Malloy said he was excited to get to know one of the Taiwanese MEMS faculty members who had intriguing ideas about the role of MEMS in bioengineering. Malloy believes there is great potential for future faculty collaboration.

“The visit established good will and relationships,” said Malloy, “but now we need more faculty-level dialogue.”

Dasenbrock summed it up, “The gravity of the world is shifting to the Pacific Rim. It is smart for UNM students to have a relationship with one of the key players in that region.”