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First Dual Degree Students from NTNU Arrive at USC

The first students in the recent dual degree partnership between the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) at the University of South Carolina and the College of Sports and Recreation (CSR) at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) have arrived on campus this semester.

In May 2014, the two universities signed a cooperation program for advanced degrees (Master’s and Ph.D.) memorandum which includes 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.
Chia-Chi Tsai, Ting-An Chang and I-Jung Chung are the first three graduate students to arrive at USC from NTNU, enrolling in the spring 2015 semester. All three students are pursuing their master’s dual degree in SPTE and are experiencing life in the United States for the first time.

The partnership has now spanned eight years as USC and NTNU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the university level in April 2008. 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.

USC President Harris Pastides visited Taiwan, Republic of China in September 2014 to sign an Advanced Partnership MOU in further collaborations between the two institutions. NTNU has been USC’s important strategic partner in Asia.