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By Katie Bild
UW-RF University Communications

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DEC. 5, 2005--The tie between the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan, grew closer in November when 13 students and the Shih Hsin president paid a cultural visit to River Falls.

"It creates a sense of a global campus and getting them here is great. They're delightful," said Brent Greene, director of international programs.

Shih Hsin President Paul Tzing-tsann Mu and the students visited classes, met with UW-RF students who were a part of the exchange and those who would like to participate, and took part in other activities.

"It brings the world closer together. It's an incredible feeling," said Katie Kreibich, international student study abroad adviser.

The partnership between the universities gives the opportunity for two UW-RF students each semester to have tuition, room and board covered at the Taiwan institution and pay about $2,000 for airfare, insurance, an international program fee, a visa and personal expenses. The students learn Chinese and help teach English while staying there, and are offered courses that count toward general education requirements.

In exchange, Shih Hsin students can complete three years there and come to UW-RF for their last year and earn a dual degree from both institutions. They also can complete a dual degree in business administration in three years. Each spring, 20-30 students visit River Falls for about a week and a few of these visitors end up as full-time students.

The sister institution agreement between Shih Hsin and UW-RF was established in 1999, led by the UW-RF College of Business and Economics. The relatively new master of management program may be developed further at Shih Hsin as well.

The universities are working to create ways to exchange more students and staff. A potential plan is to have a Taiwan professor teach the beginning of a UW-RF course while a UW-RF professor teaches a similar class in Taiwan, and switch places mid-way through the semester while possibly bringing a group of students along.  

"The program has grown dramatically, especially in the last three years," said Greene.

Shih Hsin was once a community college focused on training journalists and has evolved into a liberal arts university offering a full range of studies. Many students are still enrolled in media studies.

UW-RF also has many educational agreements with Pacific Rim institutions, including Shih Chien in Taipei, Taiwan; Siebold University of Nagasaki, Japan; Fukouka Jo Gakuin University in Fukouka, Japan, as well as the China Exploration and Research Society in Won Chuk Hang, Hong Kong; the agency Guy Healy Japan in Kyushu, Japan, and the Zhejiang Education Institute in Hangzhou, China.  


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