Taiwan Studies Program Launches at the University of Texas at Dallas

Louis Huang, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston (R2 front), Dr. Richard Benson, President of the University of Texas at Dallas (R3 front), Sophie Chou, Director of Education Division (R1 front)¸ Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Dean of Naveen Jindal School of Management(R4 front), Monique Wedderburn, Director of Asia Center(R5 front) with  members of the Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and Taiwanese Students Association at UTD.
In an effort to further promote Taiwan-related scholarly work and intellectual exchanges on business, economics, and cross-cultural understanding in North Texas, the Ministry of Education of Taiwan and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have reached an agreement to develop Taiwan Studies Program to build a sustainable Taiwan-focused program and enhance understanding of the history, society, economy, and cultures of Taiwan. 

The Taiwan Studies Grant MOU Signing Ceremony was held on September 15, 2017 at University of Texas at Dallas. Director General Louis Huang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston (TECO) and Dr. Richard Benson, President of the University of Texas at Dallas, were invited to witness this historic moment. In Director General Huang’s remark, he hopes that this program will inspire more cooperation between the UTD, TECO in Houston, and the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. There has been close economic ties between Taiwan and the United States. For example, Formosa Plastics, a Taiwanese company, has built plants in Texas and Louisiana. With other Taiwanese companies like Foxconn and E United Group planning to invest billions more into building US factories, there are opportunities abound to further improve these solid relations.

UTD followed UT in Austin and the University of St. Thomas in Houston as the third university in Texas to receive a grant from the Taiwan government. This program, administered by The Jindal School of Management, is the first and only Taiwan Studies program focused on business, management and economics in United States. Through courses offering, student and scholar exchange, and research collaboration, this program will develop strong academic exchanges between the North Texas and Taiwan, and enhance the knowledge of Taiwan, especially in business and economics.