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07/28/2017.Collaboration for a Joint Degree Program between Wenzao’s Department of English and Top Universities in the United States: The Scholarship Recipient Meng-Shan Wu Fulfills Her Dream

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Wen-Chuan Lin, Chairperson of the Department of English (left) awards scholarship to Meng-Shan Wu (right)

  Photo credit: Shu-Ju Hsieh  

 

July 28, 2017

 

 
【News release: Public Relations Office】
     The Master’s Degree Program of the Department of English at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages collaborates with the MBA program at the University of Dubuque, a top university in the State of Iowa, United States. Both universities signed an agreement for a joint degree program (1 + 1) in August 2016, allowing students to study at Wenzao during the first year and at a university in the United States during the second year, and then obtain a dual master’s degree upon graduation. Meng-Shan Wu is one of the first MA students recruited since the establishment of the MA program at the Department of English since 2016, and is the first outstanding student to study abroad through the joint degree program. Wu also received a grant of US$2,000 (approximately NT$60,000) provided by the University of Dubuque for outstanding students. She will begin her studies at the University of Dubuque this September, fulfilling her dream to study abroad.  
     The University of Dubuque is a university with over a century of history, and has been listed several times by US News and World Report magazines as an outstanding university in Midwest America. The University is also accredited by Peterson’s Guide as one of the most competitive universities with over one hundred years of history and an outstanding reputation; it is accredited by NCA (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) with the highest standard.  
     MA student Wu thanked the Department of English for providing the joint degree program, enabling her not only to fulfill her dream to study abroad, but also to obtain a dual master’s degree by studying in Taiwan and the United States. This is certainly a valuable opportunity for her. Wu majored in business management in senior high school and studied foreign languages after entering the Department of English at Wenzao. She has always hoped to study abroad and learn English in a full English environment. She hopes to excel in her professional learning and broaden her horizons by multi-cultural exposure during her journey to the United States.
     Wen-Chuan Lin, Chairperson of the Department of English, indicated that their Department has collaborated with many master’s degree programs at universities abroad and has signed agreements for joint degree program with several schools, with the program focusing on 1 + 1 dual master’s degree (1-year study in Taiwan and 1-year study abroad). The Department of English has signed agreements for joint degree programs with the University of Dubuque in the United States and the University of Cumbria in England, enabling students to obtain two master’s degree diplomas upon graduation, thereby enhancing their competitiveness in the job market. Lin further indicated that the development of joint degree programs can elevate students’ competitiveness in the job market, especially in equipping students with international perspectives and in mobile learning. 
     Yi-Ru Cheng, an alumna of the Department of English, class 1977, is the person who facilitated this cooperation program. Cheng was elected as an outstanding alumna in 1994 and served as the president of the Alumni Association of Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in North California. Cheng is currently engaged in promoting international education and frequently introduces information regarding studying abroad and internship opportunities, offering opportunities for her younger school brothers and sisters.
     The Department of English plans to further collaborate with other schools on joint degree programs, including the Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Texas at San Antonio in the United States and the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. 
        

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Meng-Shan Wu thanked the Department of English for offering the joint degree program, enabling her to fulfill her dream to study abroad.

Photo credit: Shu-Ju Hsieh 

Meng-Shan Wu (third from the right), an MA student at the Department of English,

visits the History Archives Gallery with her classmates.

Photo provided by Meng-Shan Wu

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Meng-Shan Wu in class with other MA students. I-Jane Weng (first from the left)

 is the course instructor.

Photo provided by Meng-Shan Wu 

Meng-Shan Wu (right) and Wen-Chuan Lin (left), Chairperson of the Department

of English, discuss matters regarding studying in the United States.

Photo  provided by Yu-Zhen Lin from the Department of English