Ashland University Signs Agreement with Taipei, Taiwan, School
The principal and assistant principal of Kang Chiao Bilingual School in Taipei, Taiwan, visited the Ashland University campus on Monday and signed an agreement to host Ashland University’s student teaching interns.
“The agreement with Kang Chiao Bilingual School is a strategic partnership which will benefit both Ashland University students and Kang Chiao,” said Nate Myers, associate professor of education. “Under the terms of the agreement, Kang Chiao has agreed to accept two Ashland University student teachers per semester.”
Charlie Chang, the principal of Kang Chao Bilingual School, and James Wu, the assistant principal at the school, met with Ashland University officials, including President Dr. Frederick Finks and Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew.
Myers said the University is excited about this partnership because the agreement encourages student mobility and give students the opportunity to complete their student teaching in a culturally diverse and challenging setting.
“Ashland University's College of Education is known for the length of its undergraduate field experiences. By the time most students have reached their senior year, they have already amassed hundreds of field hours in north central Ohio schools,” Myers said. “The CITE (Cross Cultural Internship in Teacher Education) International program deepens the College of Education's field preparation program by placing students in situations where they will be challenged to reach outside of their typical experiences and routines and develop new skills, awareness and dispositions that will benefit them throughout their careers. The CITE International Program also helps students to gain a competitive advantage when applying for teaching positions in the United States and abroad.”
Myers said the agreement also provides for Ashland University scholarships to go to Kang Chiao graduating seniors. “Through this agreement, we will provide them with scholarships and have agreed to reserve 10 undergraduate spaces each year for qualified Kang Chiao graduates,” he said.