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Taiwan Fulbright Commission Visits CGA Cadets

Stefanie Senkow
December 12, 2018

Taiwan Fulbright On November 14th, Dr. William C. Vocke, Executive Director of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange ‒ Fulbright Taiwan, visited the Academy to pay tribute to the 2018 International Education Week. About 100 cadets, members of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and several of the Academy’s faculty and officers attended the Honors Program lunch meeting with Dr. Vocke. Our guest shared with the cadets the vision of the Fulbright program in Taiwan and he stated that its goal is “to develop a world with a little more knowledge and a little less conflict” with the scholarships that are provided in three categories: scholars, students, and language teachers.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in international education. The 2018 International Education Week, held November 12th through the 16th, provided an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of Education has been held every year to promote numerous programs that prepare American students and scholars for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study and learn from exchange experiences in the United States.

The Fulbright Program in Taiwan offers post-graduate scholarships opportunities to both Academy cadets and Coast Guard officers who plan to pursue graduate coursework or research in areas of International Human Resource Development, International Studies, International Communication Studies, Energy Engineering or Creative Industries Design.

“We were honored to host Dr. Vocke, Executive Director of Fulbright Commission in Taiwan, during International Education Week. The Fulbright program in Taiwan provides an academic experience of a lifetime and it offers special leadership development programs from a global perspective that are perfect for our future Coast Guard officers. The Honors Program has promoted the IIE international educational opportunities to the cadets for the last ten years. The academic programs in Taiwan will deliver intellectual and professional growth while exposing cadets to knowledge and human expression that thrive across borders and cultures. International education develops effective communicators, engages scholars in citizenship across countries, and allows them to think critically about global issues to build peace and to protect environment in a world of conflict,” said Dr. Alina Zapalska, Director of the Academy Honors Program, which is supported by the USCGA Alumni Association's Cadet Honors Program Endowment.

The cadets of the Honors Program were all very excited to hear about these international education opportunities and scholarship programs in Taiwan.

“I learned that not a lot of American students study in Taiwan despite the fact that many of the university professors have American degrees,” said 2/c Valerie Hines, Vice President of Alpha Lambda Delta.

“These post-grad opportunities are relevant to Coast Guard missions and the current geopolitical focuses,” said 2/c Alaric Stone, President of Alpha Lambda Delta. “Taiwan is the gateway to China and being a closed society to America, it’s increasingly important for Coast Guard officers to understand that part of the world.”

“These types of programs can help officers out in the fleet by providing opportunities to experience and understand different views and perspectives than that of their own while interacting with different cultures, principles and, in essence, people,” said 1/c Gyumin Lee, who is currently applying for the Fulbright Scholarship in South Korea.