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The International College: Embellishing the Pioneering Spirit of Tunghai
The International College: Embellishing the Pioneering Spirit of Tunghai
The International College: Embellishing the Pioneering Spirit of Tunghai

    The newest college at Tunghai, the International College (IC), is leading the university in the right direction by strengthening the internationalization of the school and preparing students for the global community.  The IC, which is starting its fifth year, features English-taught Bachelor of Science degrees in International Business Administration (IBA) and Sustainability Science and Engineering (SSE).  These programs focus on multi-disciplinary learning, global thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship.  A unique feature is the Liberal Arts approach of the Global Leadership (GL) Program.  The goal of the GL courses is to enhance students’ international awareness and global vision.  Through coursework, public lectures, and special events and activities in an international atmosphere, students gain a multi-faceted, factual, and first-hand understanding of global trends in business, world economy, ecology, culture, and the arts.  


    The teachers, students, and overseas study opportunities create a unique international experience for the students in the International College.  The faculty of the International College is composed of both local and international teachers, and over a quarter of the student population (degree-seeking and exchange students) are from overseas (26 different countries).  This combination of teachers and students creates a truly international environment.  Moreover, the college offers numerous exchange and dual degree programs with leading universities around the world.  Nearly 80% of the first graduating class of IBA students studied overseas before they graduated.


    Another unique feature of the International College is the Mentor Program.  Each incoming class has an American mentor who helps students make the transition from high school to independent learners in an all-English environment.  The mentors are from two of the top Liberal Arts schools in America: Davidson College and Trinity University.  In addition to helping students master English, they host cultural activities and help students with their international exchange and college applications.  Simply, they ensure that students are off to a good start on the road to success.


    Under the leadership of Dean Hsiao-Fan Wang, the teachers in the IC are creating a nurturing environment for students.  Two teachers in the IC have won the Tunghai University Outstanding Teacher Award for offering innovative courses.  Mr. James Gillespie was recognized for being the first and only teacher in Taiwan to integrate the Color Accounting curriculum into his Accounting course.  Color Accounting combines visual and kinesthetic learning practices to alleviate students’ fears of math. Students can then competently navigate the language of accounting and feel confident in their abilities.  The year before, Dr. James Sims won the award for his Leadership & Global Citizen for the 21st Century course which features interaction with global leaders from large international corporations and successful private entrepreneurs.  Each week the speakers talk about leadership and what it takes to be successful, as well as what they look for in employees and what skill sets students should develop.  This course has led to internships for students and job offers upon graduation.  The recent addition of Dr. Annie Y. Tsai, who is also the new Dean of the Office of International Education & Programs, has also added a new Social and Cultural Psychology dimension to the International College.


    News of the quality of the International College is spreading both in Taiwan and around the world.  This year, the IBA program had one of the best recruitment of freshmen in all of Tunghai.  It was the first choice for most students.  The IBA also attracted 18 international freshmen from 8 different countries.  As far as recruitment is concerned, the IBA is doing quite well, but most importantly our students are proud to be part of the Tunghai family. 


    The high percentage of students from the first graduating class last June, who are currently attending top graduate programs in Taiwan and around the world, highlights the success of the IC.  At a recent reunion, these alumni reported that the professional knowledge, effective communication and interpersonal skills they acquired in the IC gave them a distinct advantage over their classmates in graduate school.