Boise State University hosted a delegation of 25 Taiwanese representatives of educational and manufacturing institutions led by the Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Taiwan, on Aug. 30. The commercial delegation visited campus with the goal to expand partnerships and cooperation.
Boise State signed two agreements with the delegation aimed to develop internship opportunities for Boise State students in the fields of business, engineering and computer science. One agreement is with Nexcom, a computer cloud, internet-of-things company based in Taipei. The other is with Industrial Technology Research Institute, a non-profit research and development organization engaged in applied research and technical services, based in Hsinchu.
“As a research University, Boise State is constantly looking for ways to incorporate hands-on experiences as well as research and development opportunities that enrich our students’ college life,” said Gonzalo Bruce, assistant provost, Center for Global Education. “This can be done in the U.S. and abroad. Boise State is building a network of international partner universities and entities to become competent not only in their disciplines but also in the global environment. Partnerships with Providence University, ITRI and Nexcom will offer Boise State students the opportunity to learn about Taiwanese business practices and models, participate in cutting-led research, and discover technological applications in an industrial setting. We expect the effects of these partnerships will transcend students’ college career and prepare them holistically for the global economy.”
Boise State also will cooperate with Providence University, a Taichung-based university recognized for high-level internationalization and its Chinese Language Education Center. In collaboration with Providence, Boise State will develop a credit articulation program in the form of 2+2, leading to two degrees, and a faculty-led study abroad program to introduce Boise State students to Chinese language and culture.
Ken Petersen, dean of the College of Business and Economics, hosted the delegation in the morning and Boise State President Bob Kustra attended a signing ceremony in the afternoon at the Idaho State Capitol.