Leah Seupersad, 404-413-1354
ATLANTA—Georgia State University signed an agreement Thursday, April 19 with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Atlanta to serve as an affiliate for the Taiwan Academy.
The agreement will increase learning and research opportunities at GSU and make the university’s Asian Studies Program a “contact point” of the Taiwan Academy, which was created by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2011 to enhance Taiwan’s cultural exchanges with the international community and share its rich heritage and achievements with the world.
|GSU President Mark Becker and TECO Director General Anna Kao shake hands to seal an agreement for GSU to serve as an affiliate for the Taiwan Academy. Seated are Yi-hung Tseng, director of TECO’s information division in Atlanta, (left) and GSU Provost Risa Palm (right).|
“The university and the TECO have had a long and productive relationship and this is an important next step,” said GSU President Mark Becker.
Becker signed the agreement at GSU’s Dahlberg Hall with TECO’s Director General Anna Kao. Also among those participating in the ceremony were GSU Provost Risa Palm; Peter Chiou, director of TECO in Atlanta; Yi-hung Tseng, director of TECO’s information division in Atlanta; and Michael Sun, director of TECO’s Cultural Center in Atlanta.
Kim Reimann, director of the GSU’s Asian Studies Center, said the agreement would provide GSU students and faculty more opportunities for scholarships and fellowships.
“This agreement solidifies our relationship with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, which is one of the main ties to Taiwan in the southeast,” Reimann said. “This is just a starting point, but it will help us reinforce several agreements we have with institutions in Taiwan, build up our Asian Studies Program within the university and provide more opportunities for our students who are interested in China, Taiwan or studying Chinese.”
As a contact point, GSU also will offer an e-learning portal for education, which Kao said provides a high-tech multimedia environment for students and faculty members who want to learn about Taiwan’s language and culture.
At the end of the presentation, Kao presented Becker a book titled, “A Century of Resilient Tradition.” Becker said the book would be housed in the Asian Studies Center.
“I’m very confident the partnership with Georgia State University and Taiwan Academy will yield high rewards and our relationship will be even stronger in the years to come,” Kao said.
April 19, 2012