National Taichung Nursing College President to Visit Owens

Posted Jul 26th, 2011 by Brad Meyer  Category: Education


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – National Taichung Nursing College (Taichung, Taiwan) President Dr. Shieu-ming Chou will be visiting Owens Community College to further discuss educational opportunities and observe experiential learning activities specific to nursing as the two academic institutions continue their ongoing efforts to internationalize higher education on Wednesday, July 27.

National Taichung College President Chou’s visit to the College’s Toledo-area Campus in Perrysburg Township is part of an international exchange program partnership established between Owens and its first-ever “sister school” abroad in 2008. The international exchange partnership was created with the overall goal of fostering enhanced learning at the respective academic institutions.

As part of the international exchange initiative, six students and one faculty member from National Taichung Nursing College annually attend Owens during the summer months to experience the traditions and culture of the United States, as well as to study western nursing practices through the School of Nursing’s academic curriculum. National Taichung Nursing College students and faculty, who are visiting as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program, learn about the concepts of caring, critical thinking skills, medical terminology, ethical issues and technology, among other educational topics during their visit.

In addition to Owens’ nursing education, exchange program participants have the chance to learn about the United States’ history and culture during an introduction to American culture class. National Taichung Nursing College students also tour several of the region’s health care and cultural settings as part of their three-week visit.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday (July 27), President Chou will attend the special topics in nursing class with Owens and National Taichung Nursing College representatives in the College’s Heritage Hall building. The class will conclude at 12 p.m. Additionally, President Chou’s itinerary includes meetings with Owens officials and a tour of the College’s Toledo-area Campus.

National Taichung Nursing College was established in 1955 as Taichung Vocational Senior High School of Nursing when the school began offering a three-year nursing program. In 2000, the school was promoted as the National Taichung Nursing College. Based on the beliefs of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing, the academic institution is dedicated to cultivating advanced nursing professionals that exhibit the qualities and attributes of the true spirit of nursing; humanity to care for life and society; capability to mediate and solve problems; creativity, diligence and a willingness to learn and grow; and a broad vision. National Taichung Nursing College currently offers both two- and five-year diplomas in nursing.

In addition to Owens’ collaboration with National Taichung Nursing College, the College has established an international partnership with Ningbo Polytechnic in Ningbo, China. In May, nine Owens students had the opportunity to travel to China to participate in the College’s first China Study Tour. While at Ningbo Polytechnic, Owens students attended language and history classes and participated in several cultural activities including tea leaf picking, Chinese paper cutting and knot tying, calligraphy and the Chinese opera, among others.

Owens continues to serve as a leader in providing higher education to international students. Over 100 students from 25 countries are pursuing a higher education at Owens. Countries represented in Owens’ international student enrollment are Kenya, Egypt, China, Korea, India, Venezuela, Brazil, Columbia, Serbia and Turkey, among others.

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