On Oct. 2, Boise State College of Business and Economics (COBE) Dean Ken Petersen and Providence University President Augustine C.Y. Tang signed a further memorandum of understanding with the goal of sending and welcoming Providence international business students to COBE in a 2-plus-2 program with COBE international business.
A 2-plus-2 program allows students to attain two bachelor’s degrees in four years by completing a selection of courses mutually agreed upon by two universities. In this case, the Providence students would complete most of their pre-approved 100- and 200-level courses in Taichung and then complete most upper-division courses at Boise State.
The ceremony was held in Taichung City, Taiwan, and witnessed by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-Lung, Providence Chairman Martin Yao-Wen Su, Executive Secretary Taiwan-USA Industrial Cooperation Promotion Office Steve CH Lin, vice chair of the Boise State University Foundation Ric Gale, and director of the Idaho-Asia Trade Office Eddie Yen.
“We are excited to continue making great progress on this program and looking forward to bringing the first group of Boise State students over next summer,” said Jack Marr, clinical associate professor for COBE and director of the Global Project. “These programs provide a great platform for students and faculty to learn, understand, work and create long-term relationships between Boise State and Taiwan on a scholarly, cultural, as well as economic level.”
For the kickoff, Marr will lead a select group of Boise State students from business, engineering and other disciplines to Providence in summer 2018 with the next phase implementing the 2-plus-2.
The Boise State delegation also held meetings in Taipei and Hanoi, Vietnam, where COBE is working in a longstanding relationship with the National Economics University as well as a number of local companies led by Boise State alumni.