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ICUF President Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grant to Foster Educational Exchange with Taiwan

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


~ U.S. Dept. of State grant enables student, faculty and research exchange between U.S. and other countries ~

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Dr. Ed Moore, president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), which represents Florida’s 29 not for profit colleges and universities, was recently awarded a Fulbright grant from the U.S. Department of State and the Center for International Exchange of Scholars. Through the grant, Dr. Moore is able to travel to Taiwan this month to partner with universities and strengthen relationships with Taiwan institutions and develop pathways for student, faculty and research exchange. Dr. Ed Moore is currently meeting with university presidents, faculty, students and key government officials in their Ministries of Culture and Education and Foreign Affairs.

“It’s a tremendous honor and opportunity to partner with Taiwan for higher-education and student exchange programs,” said Dr. Ed Moore. “I firmly believe such programs are vital to exposing and educating our future workforce on the diverse cultures, practices and customs from around the globe. If we want our state and Nation to remain competitive in the global marketplace, we must promote and foster these unique higher-education exchange programs.

This is not Dr. Moore’s first educational exchange experience with Taiwan. In 2011, Dr. Moore met with the president of the Republic of China, Ma Ying-Jeou at the Taiwan-Florida Conference in Taipei. At this meeting, the Taiwanese government signed a memorandum of understanding, promising to continue to increase foreign student exchange programs, scholarships, study abroad programs and research opportunities between Florida and Taiwan. Last year the conference was held in Orlando and Dr. Moore joined U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster and the Republic of China’s Minister of Education in hosting many notable educators and leaders from the U.S. and Taiwan.

“The academic relationships with the Republic of China universities and Florida universities are very strong,” said Dr. Moore. “Taiwanese students energetically seek admission to U.S. institutions and they excel as scholars. I am happy to be in Taiwan once again promoting and fostering this great partnership.”

The Fulbright Program, which began in 1946, awards competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange.  Students, professionals, scientists and artists can receive grants. Under the Fulbright Program, selected U.S. citizens are rewarded scholarships to study, conduct research, or apply their talents abroad and citizens of other countries can qualify to do the same in the United States. The program’s goal is to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills.”

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