Mary Baldwin Expands Reach in Asia with Taiwanese University

June 12, 2012

Mary Baldwin University President Pamela Fox has signed an agreement to establish an exchange program with National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan, marking the 8th such study abroad opportunity for the college and the first opportunity for Mary Baldwin students to learn Chinese. Mandarin is the official language of Taiwan — an island located about 112 miles off the coast of China

A member of the NCCU English faculty who was already familiar with Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare program, Thomas Sellari, first approached Mary Baldwin about the possibility of an exchange with NCCU last August while visiting family nearby.

Sellari attended the brief signing ceremony inside the Administration Building on June 4, along with NCCU representatives Caroline Tsai and Claire Tao, and Mary Baldwin personnel Professor of Asian Studies Daniel Métraux, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Andy Modlin, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Catharine O’Connell, and Director of International Programs Heather Ward.

“They were really taken with Mary Baldwin; they think it will be great for their students,” Ward said, describing Tsai and Tao’s enthusiasm about the Mary Baldwin campus and programs.

The partnership, which will take effect in spring 2013, will allow at least two Mary Baldwin students to participate in the exchange each year. (Alternatively, the flexible arrangement allows up to four students to each pursue one semester of study per year.) Also included in the agreement are opportunities for a faculty exchange. Established in 1927, NCCU is noted for its humanities and social sciences disciplines.

In October, Ward plans to further strengthen the college’s ties in Asia with a trip to China to recruit students, a visit to sister institution Sungshin Women’s University in Korea, and a stopover at new partner NCCU in Taiwan. Meanwhile, Métraux and Lewis Askegaard, associate dean of the college, dean of institutional research, and registrar, also hope to travel to Japan in the fall.