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MOE Study Abroad Program Sponsored Students Broaden Their Hori-zons in the U.S.

The visiting students and TECO Education Division Director Andrea Yang with Dr. Paul Chu at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston

Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) provides scholarships and grants to encourage young Taiwanese to go and study abroad to broaden their horizons and develop an international perspective, as well as developing their knowledge and  skills in various professional fields. 
On August 7, Yvonne Hsiao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston welcomed a group of three Biomedical Engineering students and eight nursing students from Taipei Medical University led by Prof. Liou Jian-Chiun, all sponsored by the Ministry of Education’s Study Abroad Program (學海計畫). The visiting students talked about their experience doing internships in hospitals and research institutions in the greater Houston area, saying that living in Texas has broadened their horizons and inspired them with possibilities for the future. Director-General Hsiao thanked Dr. Erica Yu, Associate Dean, and Dr. Hong Yuh-Fong from Cizik School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) for hosting the students from Taiwan and for the professional guidance they had given the young students.
Later that month, on August 28, two bachelor’s degree students from Taipei Medical University and a PhD student from National Sun Yat-sen University—sponsored by the National Science and Technology Council's Overseas Project for Post Graduate Research千里馬計畫—had the honor of visiting the Texas Center for Superconductivity, at the University of Houston together with Andrea Yang, Director of the Education Division at TECO, and meeting researchers and Dr. Paul Chu (朱經武) there.  
Director Ren Zhifeng introduced the research team at the Texas Center for Superconductivity, and outlined its research directions, and current achievements, and Prof. Audrius Brazdeikis, Principal Investigator of the Biomedical Imaging and Nanomedicine Lab talked about the Biomedical Research being done there. Prof. Chu then provided the visiting group with insights into the principles of superconductivity, its potential applications, and the history of its global development. 
Everyone had an eye-opening experience learning about the near-miraculous research being undertaken by the teams at the Texas Center for Superconductivity.