SJSU students and faculty wear matching blue polo shirt and hold a SJSU banner at the Great Wall of China as part of the 2011 Global Technology Initiative trip. Photo by Clifford Wong.

Students and Faculty Expand Horizons in China and Taiwan

SJSU students and faculty wear matching blue polo shirt and hold a SJSU banner at the Great Wall of China as part of the 2011 Global Technology Initiative trip. Photo by Clifford Wong.

SJSU students and faculty visit the Great Wall of China as part of the 2011 Global Technology Initiative trip. Photo by Clifford Wong.

By Sarah Kyo, Public Affairs Assistant

What better way to learn more about globalization than to experience it firsthand? That is what a group of students and faculty did as part of a Global Technology Initiative trip to China and Taiwan earlier this summer.

Established by the College of Engineering with donor support, GTI provides students with an opportunity to visit companies and universities within the Asian Pacific region, while also interacting with locals and learning about another culture.

“Although the trip was brief and short, I am seriously considering at some point in time furthering my studies in Taiwan or China, if not somewhere in Asia,” said Alben Cheung, a computer engineering major who wrote in GTI’s blog.

College of Engineering Dean Belle Wei, Professor Richard Chung of chemical and materials engineering and Professor Andrew Wood of the communications studies department led the trip. While a majority of the 23 students were from the College of Engineering, student representatives from SJSU’s six other colleges also participated.

Maegan Bright, a child development major, wrote in her blog entry, “These experiences have led me to realize  that children should be taught the skills needed to be successful not just in their own society but in different cultures around the world.”

To read more about the 2011 GTI trip to China and Taiwan, including an upcoming documentary film, visit the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering’s website.