Iowa university president visits to promote exchange
By Elizabeth Lamb, Special to the China Post
August 13, 2012, 12:04 am TWN
Special to the China Post --University of Iowa President Sally Mason led a delegation to Taiwan last month, meeting with several local university heads to discuss interschool cooperation and to promote international cultural exchanges.
There is a long history of Chinese students at the University of Iowa, Mason said, adding that two education ministers from the Republic of China — Yen Cheng-hsin and Wu Ching — graduated from the university.
The University of Iowa boasts impressive alumni from China and Taiwan; for example, both Lee Hong-yuan, minister of the interior, and Chang Sheng-ford, minister of finance, both graduated from the University of Iowa.
Since Chinese students have made such outstanding contributions to their home countries, Mason said, the university is planning to recruit more students from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
"At Iowa, we embrace international education and international scholarly and cultural exchange as a public good, as an exciting intellectual challenge, and as a life-changing experience," Mason said.
She also expressed her belief that international study and cultural exchange enrich the lives of students, contribute to strong critical thinking skills and prepare students for successful careers in an increasingly globalized world. At the same time, international awareness expands American intellectual and social horizons and also helps Americans meet the challenges of a wonderfully complex world.
Furthermore, Mason also said that international students and visiting scholars on the University of Iowa campus contribute to the enrichment of the state of Iowa and the U.S. community. The students from Taiwan are very special, Mason said, adding that they are among the top five national populations in terms of size at the university.
Over 100 University of Iowa alumni attended the dinner party at the Grand Hyatt Taipei on July 4 with Mason's delegation to celebrate Independence Day, including Chen Ching-ming, president of the University of Iowa alumni association in Taiwan, L. J. Lamb, an attorney-at-law; and Ying Yun-pong, chairwoman of Common Wealth Magazine Group.