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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 26, 2006

UI Signs Exchange Agreement With University In Taiwan

The University of Iowa and National Central University in Chung-Li, Taiwan, have signed an agreement to conduct educational and research exchanges in the biological sciences -- with the possibility of expanding into other academic fields -- in an effort to increase the academic resources available to both institutions. NCU has seven colleges and has strong departments in the biological sciences and in the areas of physics, computer science, photonics, environmental engineering and earth science.

UI administrators in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Biological Sciences said that the exchanges will include faculty research, teaching and study; scholarly publications and library collections; visiting lectures by faculty, research staff and graduate students; conferences, symposia and seminars; and development of study opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Chun-Fang Wu, UI professor of biological sciences and facilitator of the agreement, said that the exchange came about as a result of his previous involvement in establishing a joint neuroscience research institute across several universities in Taiwan and subsequent interactions with related research groups and the central administration at National Central University.

Jack Lilien, UI professor and department chair, said that the agreement will allow for undergraduate and graduate exchanges creating new opportunities to expand departmental teaching and research capabilities.

Diana Davies, director of UI International Programs, noted that the agreement is one in a long series of international arrangements that have immeasurably improved the university's teaching and research environment.

"Through our international linkages, the UI interacts directly with the rest of the world. What often begins as a scholarly collaboration between individual faculty members in two different countries can grow into a long-lasting relationship between two institutions, offering new opportunities for international research, exchange and study," Davies said.

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