TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) hosted an opening ceremony of the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program on July 1 to welcome the students from America. Most of them are first time to Taiwan and eager learners for Mandarin (Chinese) and Taiwanese culture.
A total of 55 American students from 31 states with 41 universities participate in the TUSA program from July 1 to August 22, according to Prof. Yueh-Min Huang, Vice President of Office of International Affairs who on behalf of NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su extended a warm welcome to all the guests and students.
Min-ling Yang, Director General of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, said, “on behalf of the ministry, I would like to express my warm welcome to all the distinguished quests, especially so many young Americans here in Taiwan.”
“Through this ambassador program, we’d like to invite young Americans come to Taiwan to experience our culture, learn Mandarin and to interact with local friends here in Taiwan,” Yang said.
George Bradford from Louisiana State University said, “I’ve always been very interested in Chinese culture and history so I thought learning the language will put me a little bit closer and help me understand something that I’m interested in for such a long time.”
Anthony Cruz from University of Pennsylvania said, “I heard the weather in Taiwan is very hot and I agree. It’s very humid. I also heard that Tainan is a more rural area comparing to Taipei. I like that experience because it gives you more authentic experiences.”
Juan Hernandes who just graduated from MIT studying in material science and engineering said, “I’ve been to Taiwan before and I love the people, love the places so I want to come back and learn some more.”
John Terzi from University Maryland is first time to Taiwan. Terzi’s major is Linguistics and he loves learning Chinese. He said, “It’s going to be a lot of opportunities in the future after learning Chinese.”
Anne Twombly from Johns Hopkins University said, “I’ve been studying Chinese for about 4 years and I really want to have higher level of fluency. I would really love to sit down with somebody and have a normal conversation.”