Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Johnny Taylor, Jr. the president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) recently visited National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, where he met with Dr. Jen-Sue Chen, Associate Vice President of International Affairs, NCKU and Dr. Rong-Fu Wu, Director of NCKU Chinese Language Center.
Dr. Wu, a professor of Chinese Literature and a renowned calligrapher presented his calligraphy work, meaning love without boundary, as a gift to Mr. Taylor, welcoming the delegation at a meeting, Mar. 7.
The delegation of TMCF led by Mr. Taylor includes Mr. Ralph Cwerman, President and Co-founder of the Humpy Dumpy Institute, Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Senior International Affairs and STEAM Advisor to the President, TMCF, Dr. Dovi and Dr. Keith A. McGee from Alcorn State University, Dr. Deborah Barnes and Dr. Sanjiv Sarin from North Caolina A&T State University, and Dr. Gregory H. Maddox and Dr. Audrey Player from Texas Southern University.
Mr. Taylor who visited Taiwan for the first time and impressed of what he observed in the university said, "NCKU is sort of Stanford or Harvard in Taiwan and we may not compete with this fine university on one-on-one basis but collectively we can."
He added, "With a total of 47 universities allied, TMCF would like to find a way to draw resources and expertise of those institutions to look at the possibilities of student exchanges, faculty exchanges, dual degree programs, and student internships."
Dr. Payne pointed out, "TMCF was granted by US Department of Defense so obviously we're looking for physical science primarily, such as science, engineering, and mathematics."
She said, "We're very interested in NCKU's intelligence systems, information systems, biological sciences, so we're hoping we can find some joint research opportunities."
"We also hope to take advantages of language immersion programs and some technological investments such as you engaged currently," according to Payne.
Mr. Taylor said, "This visit is the first stage and we hope to take to the next step. Over the next couple weeks when I met with my colleges, we'll study all the materials and then we'll identify some opportunities."
About the Thurgood Marshall College Fund The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) was established in 1987 to carry on Justice Marshall's legacy of equal access to higher education by supporting exceptional merit scholars attending America's Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending 47-member schools, which include public HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs).