Sweet plans to lead delegation to Asia
Travel expenses will be financed through private sources.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The president of Youngstown State University will lead a university delegation to China and Taiwan this spring to develop new and stronger academic ties and opportunities with universities in the region.
Dr. David C. Sweet announced the trip Wednesday at the conclusion of a visit to YSU by a five-member delegation of leaders from Lunghwa University in Taiwan.
"YSU has developed good relationships with several universities in China and Taiwan, and we have had several representatives from those universities visit YSU over the past few years," Sweet said.
"This trip will help to further cement and expand those partnerships, which will result in even more opportunities for our faculty and staff to fully interact with and experience this increasingly important region of the world," he said.
Wen Fang Yen, the president of Lunghwa University, who was part of the Lunghwa delegation that visited YSU this week, formally invited Sweet to visit his university.
Sweet has also received a formal invitation from Lin Zhengfan, president of Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou, China, who visited YSU in January 2006.
The delegation from YSU will also include Sweet's wife, Pat; George McCloud, special assistant to the president for university advancement who has fostered many of the university's current Far East exchange programs; and Florence Wang, who has spearheaded YSU's relationships with universities in Taiwan and China. Wang is the wife of YSU Trustee Dr. H.S. Wang.
The trip is scheduled from May 21 to June 6. Travel expenses will be financed privately. This will be Sweet's first trip abroad in his seven-year presidency.
"It is important for YSU to have the foresight to develop ties to universities in a part of the world that is going to be a strong economic, social and educational force as the 21st century progresses," said McCloud, an associate at the East West Center, an internationally recognized education and research organization that promotes a stable, peaceful and prosperous Asia Pacific region.
The trip will include stops at Beijing Technology and Business University in Beijing, and Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou and Lunghwa University in Taipei, Taiwan. While in Taiwan, the delegation also will visit an elementary and high school, meet with the Taipei Chamber of Commerce and host a dinner for YSU alumni.
In 2005, YSU and Lunghwa University signed a contract of cooperation to exchange students and faculty members. Four Lunghwa students are enrolled in undergraduate courses at YSU this spring. In addition, Eric Tsan, as associate professor of finance at Lunghwa, is teaching at YSU as part of the faculty exchange program, and, Steven Brown, professor of English at YSU, is teaching at Lunghwa this spring.