Officials from the University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) College of Sports and Recreation (CSR) have partnered to sign a cooperation program for advanced degrees (Master’s and Ph.D.) memorandum.
The memorandum, signed in May, will include four dual-degree partnerships in Master’s Dual Degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM), Master’s Dual Degree in Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE), Doctoral Dual Degree in HRTM, and Doctoral Dual Degree in SPTE and will be effective beginning in the fall of 2014.
The signing ceremony held during the annual international conference in NTNU, held in Taiwan, Republic of China, was attended by College of HRSM Dean Brian Mihalik, College of HRSM Associate Dean Dr. Andy Gillentine, College of HRSM Assistant Professor Dr. Li-Ting (Grace) Yang, NTNU Vice President Dr. Jui-Fu Chen, NTNU Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Shao-Hsi Chang and NTNU Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Chao-Chen Chen.
Steps for the memorandum have been ongoing for years. Beginning in April 2008, USC and NTNU signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the university level. In December 2011, USC and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Atlanta signed a Taiwan Academy cooperation agreement. Additionally, in April 2013, HRSM and CSR signed an Agreement of Graduate Student Exchange.
With USC President Harris Pastides set to visit Taiwan, Republic of China in September, both USC and NTNU look forward to further collaboration in the near future.