International Education at TAMIU
Draws Taiwanese Students
Some Texas A&M International University students are going the distance to secure their education. Specifically, they are traveling around the world, drawn by the growing global importance of an international education, delivered by TAMIU.
16 students from Fu Jen Catholic University of Taipei, Taiwan are participating in an innovative dual Masters of Business Administration program at TAMIU. The initiative sees them take intensive coursework at both campuses. TAMIU faculty deliver the course in Taipei and students from Taipei come to TAMIU to complete other courses.
Dr. Antonio J. Rodriguez, TAMIU’s A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business associate dean and professor of finance, said the program is designed to be completed in about two years and is strongly international in its offerings.
“Our focus is on international business in this MBA program, which is a perspective that students not only at Fu Jen but all over the world are now emphasizing. One of our Fu Jen students, Rou Wen (Adela), happens to have majored in Spanish in college and is fluent in the language. Coupling her language skills with an international business MBA will make her a highly desirable candidate in the global job marketplace,
” Dr. Rodriguez explained.
The program offering with Fu Jen developed from an initial contact from Fu Jen’s dean of the College of Business with TAMIU’s Sanchez School of Business dean, Dr. Jacky So and came to fruition in a relatively short time, about one year.
University faculty have already traveled to Taiwan to present course work. Dr. Milton Mayfield, associate professor of management, delivered a masters seminar in management as part of the dual MBA program, while Dr. Jackie Mayfield, Sanchez School of Business associate professor, delivered a series of presentations on Research in Management issues to Fu Jen business school Ph.D. students. TAMIU officials have also met with the dean of Fu Jen’s nursing program and nursing faculty has visited TAMIU to further explore the possibility of joint programs.
Rodriguez said the Fu Jen initiative is a clear example of TAMIU’s growing pre-eminence in international education.
“This program, as well as the Dual MBA with Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico, fits our mission of serving the global community parallel to our local and regional mission. The uniqueness of Dual MBA programs is that they allow international students to consider and undertake our programs in a way that better fits their needs.
“For example, part of the program, or in the case of Mexico the entire program, is delivered at the home institution of these students and/or partly on line. We are able to offer our MBA program to students who normally would not consider investing in a full-time program on site at our campus or at an American university. These programs allow TAMIU to establish itself globally by developing a unique niche in the MBA program market. We are constantly looking for opportunities to develop and implement similar arrangements with universities in other parts of the world,” Rodriguez said.
For additional information, contact Dr. Rodriguez at the A. R. Sanchez Jr. School of Business at 956.326.2517, e-mail Rodriguez@tamiu.edu or click on tamiu.edu/ssb
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