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UM Keeps Producing Global Citizens Despite Covid-19

Taiwanese partnership helps equip tomorrow’s military officers with language skills, cultural knowledge

Global Citizens

University of Mississippi officials who traveled to Taiwan to complete an agreement with Chung Cheng University included (from left) Provost Noel Wilkin; Donald L. Dyer, College of Liberal Arts associate dean for faculty and academic affairs; Lee Cohen, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Daniel E. O’Sullivan, chair of the Department of Modern Languages; Blair McElroy, the university’s senior international officer and director of study abroad; and Henrietta Yang, associate professor of Chinese and co-director of the Chinese Flagship Language Program.


A masked-up mission to Taiwan earlier this year, just before COVID-19 shut down much of the world, has allowed the University of Mississippi to continue offering opportunities for students to learn Chinese and soak up regional culture through an exchange with an international university in Asia.

Despite the pandemic’s disruptions to travel and everyday life, this partnership is thriving, due in part to strong Asian connections forged by the UM Department of Modern Languages and Office of Study Abroad.

At the end of February, just before the COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns in the United States and restricted international travel, a delegation of UM officials went to Taiwan. They wanted to set up this year’s programming for Project GO, a government-funded program to train Reserve Officer Training Corps students and offer them critical language education, study abroad opportunities and intercultural dialogue opportunities.

Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa and South America.

“The Department of Modern Languages is proud of our affiliations with institutions all over the world, not least of which is our relationship with Chung Cheng University through Project GO,” said Daniel E. O’Sullivan, the department’s chair.

Read the rest of the story written by Michael Newsom on University of Mississippi News