January 28, 2014
MingDao University Chancellor Da-Yung Wang and Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis.
The Texas Tech University System on Monday (Jan. 27) established a future partnership with MingDao University in Taiwan.
Joseph C. Rallo, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, signed an umbrella agreement with Da-Yung Wang, chancellor of MingDao University, for the TTU System while Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis signed a separate agreement, both of which will encourage students to participate in international exchange programs.
“Expanding the Texas Tech University System’s presence internationally is important to the continued growth of our universities and our exchange programs,” Rallo said. “We are excited about this new agreement with MingDao University and look forward to the unique educational and cultural opportunities it will provide for our students.”
The program-to-program articulation agreement enables MingDao students, who have finished their first two years, to complete their bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech in programs focused in engineering and agriculture, among other disciplines to be determined.
“This partnership is an excellent opportunity for Texas Tech to expand its global outreach,” Nellis said. “We hope to encourage cultural exchange among students as well as provide dynamic academic and research initiatives for students from Asia.”
MingDao is a private university located in Pitou, Changhua, Taiwan. It was founded in 2001 and specializes in sustainable energy and organic agriculture. MingDao’s enrollment has grown rapidly in the last 10 years, attracting students from across Asia.
Over the course of the next several months, officials from Texas Tech and MingDao will solidify coursework and program requirements to better facilitate the exchange as well as to provide a framework for future collaborations. Angelo State University will also establish a future partnership.