Florida Tech Co-hosts Higher Education Event; Florida and Taiwan Sign Landmark Agreement

MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida and the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) recently signed a landmark Agreement of Academic Cooperation that will strengthen bilateral educational and learning opportunities between Florida and Taiwan.

The agreement resulted from a high-level conference in September co-hosted by the University of Central Florida and Florida Institute of Technology. It was attended by representatives from 10 Florida colleges and universities, the Taiwan Ministry of Education and eight major Taiwan universities.

Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese delivered opening remarks at the conference, which was held at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. He and Florida Tech Provost T. Dwayne McCay also co-moderated sessions on joint research and publication, and student exchanges.

Geared toward enhancing bilateral cooperation in higher education between Taiwan and Florida, areas of interest and discussion included faculty and student exchanges, joint academic and cultural programs, dual degree programs, joint research/publication endeavors and the establishment of a recurring Taiwan-Florida higher education conference.

The agreement was signed by Board of Governors Associate Vice Chancellor R.E. LeMon, on behalf of President-in-Residence John Delaney and by FICHET Chairman Chia-I Chang.

The Taiwan-Florida Higher Education conference was organized by the Chinese American Scholars & Professionals Association of Florida (www.caspaf.org), a non-profit educational organization. Its vision is to serve as a bridge between the U.S./Canada and China/Taiwan by advancing academic research and professional achievement among Chinese Americans and others and providing opportunities for networking and partnership between academic and professional organizations in Taiwan and Florida.

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