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Summer 2005

Taiwanese students from Fu Jen joint MBA program visit UDM

Accompanied by CBA Dean Bahman Mirshab, Taiwanese students in the Fu Jen joint degree program enjoy a sunny winter day on UDM’s McNichols Campus.

The joint international MBA program offered by the CBA and Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan is well under way, having been successfully launched in Fall 2004 with a cohort of 20 students. As part of the program, students from Taiwan visited UDM in February 2005 to take intensive courses in entrepreneurship and social responsibility.

One of the cohort is Paulina Lin, a manager at the Sherwood Hotel in Taipei. Lin says, “This visit is a good chance for us to explore the U.S., learn business practices and values, and upgrade our professional management skills. It is also a chance to get to know American culture, specifically Detroit culture—the American and Taiwanese students made presentations to each other about our respective countries.”

During their visit, the students toured General Motors’ headquarters at the Renaissance Center and heard a talk by Edsel B. Ford II at a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club. Says Lin, “[Ford] talked about his family and the history of Ford Motor Company. It was interesting to hear about the interaction between the corporate world and entrepreneurship here in the U.S.”

Lin notes, “It is the first time visiting the U.S. for most of us. We have never seen snow before, or driven a car in it. In Taiwan, it only snows in the mountains—we are freezing.”

Still, though the Michigan winter may have been a less than ideal setting, Lin reports that the Fu Jen students wished they could stay longer. They had kudos for the U.S. teaching/learning style: “It's very interactive here, much more give-and-take, than in Taiwan. The professors here invite our input and discussion,” she says.