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Agreement allows National Chung Hsing University students to receive accelerated master’s at UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington is strengthening its global partnerships by signing a five-year agreement with Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University, allowing NCHU students to earn accelerated master’s degrees in civil engineering from UTA.

Officials from UTA and Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University sign a memo of understanding.

Officials from UTA and Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University sign an agreement that would allow NCHU students to earn an advanced degree in civil engineering.

“This agreement establishes a strong partnership between two leading universities and will result in high achieving students from the National Chung Hsing University benefitting from the knowledge and expertise of our world renowned faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said. “I commend Professor Ali Abolmaali, Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, and Peter Crouch, Dean of our College of Engineering, on their proactive stance in developing such partnerships that further our mission of ensuring that we have global impact while providing the highest levels of education to our students. I look forward to further growth of this partnership into areas of joint research and scholarly collaboration.”

NCHU President Fuh-Sheng Shieu said the agreement will benefit both institutions.

“We are the largest research university in Taiwan,” he said. “We must cultivate our young talent, and this agreement does just that.”

The agreement also seeks to

  • Promote institutional exchanges in teaching methods, research activities and professional development
  • Execute joint research projects
  • Organize symposia, conferences, short courses and meetings on research issues
  • Exchange information pertaining to developments in research at each institution

U.S. Rep. Ron Wright of Arlington also praised the agreement.

“This is a great moment for both universities,” said Wright, who serves on the House committees on education and labor and on foreign affairs. “Forging educational partnerships helps build and maintain our great relationship.”

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said UTA has a huge impact on quality of life for the city’s residents, who hail from more than 100 countries.

“We welcome, invite and encourage that diversity,” Williams said. “It’s exciting learning from different cultures.”

The officials praised local engineer William Tsao, who earned degrees from both NCHU and UTA, for help in bringing the universities together. Tsao is president of Lakeview Parkway Partners and on the advisory board of UTA’s Department of Civil Engineering.

UTA has enhanced its global impact through international partnerships. In addition to the agreement with National Chung Hsing University, UTA also has an executive MBA program in Taiwan.