fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Wendy Baker

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Wendy Baker is responsible for leading global engagement for USF World at the St. Petersburg campus, and has extensive higher education administration experience at the University of South Florida. She served as the Advisor in Residence for the USF Know Europe education abroad program and as a Program Leader for the Doing Business in the Baltics (Lithuania) program. Ms. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from the University of Georgia and an MBA from the University of South Florida. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Ed.D. in Program Development at the University of South Florida, where her research focuses on global learning. Ms. Baker is a graduate of the AIEA Senior International Officer Academy and completed leadership training with the Accendo Advisory Group. She is a recipient of the USF Award for Global Engagement and was selected to travel to Spain to participate in the Study in Spain Workshop sponsored by ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones and the association EDUESPAÑA, with the collaboration and support of FULBRIGHT ESPAÑA.

Building Connections in Taiwan

After waiting almost two years to travel to Taiwan to represent the University of South Florida as a Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) grant recipient, I boarded the long flight from Tampa to Taipei by way of Detroit and Seoul arriving in Taipei almost 28 hours later. Exhausted from the long journey, I was ecstatic to see the driver waiting for me at the airport for the transfer to the hotel in the Ximending area of Taipei.  I had a restful sleep and then met other members of the delegation at breakfast the next morning. A few of us headed to 7-11 to the ATM and then excitedly set out on foot to explore Taipei. Stops included the Lungshan Temple, Red House Theater, and exploring the Ximending district. That evening we met Randall and Astin from Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) in the hotel lobby and headed out for dinner where we learned more about each other and the events to come. The next day we met the remaining group members and the rest of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan) staff. We were about to embark on a fabulous two action-packed weeks of culture, learning, personal development,

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fulbright taiwan online journal