The image contains scenes of China at night with the words, "Global Technology Initiative Goes to China 2011." Image courtesy of SJSU's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering.

This summer, 23 students and 3 faculty members will travel to China and Taiwan as part of the Global Technology Initiative. Image courtesy of SJSU's Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering.

By Sarah Kyo, Public Affairs Assistant

A group of 23 students and three faculty members depart for China and Taiwan this week, as part of the College of Engineering’s Global Technology Initiative.

The group will first travel to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou May 26 to June 9, and then they will visit the Taiwanese cities of Taipei, Keelung, Hsinchu and Taoyuan June 7 to 9. Students and faculty will visit American and local companies, universities and landmarks. You can follow along during their journey at their blog.

“This trip will provide SJSU students first-hand experience with globalization and prepare them to be the leaders tomorrow,” said Richard Chung, professor of chemical and materials engineering.

Of the students attending, 17 are from the College of Engineering and the remaining six each represent a different college within SJSU. Chung, College of Engineering Dean Belle Wei and Professor Andrew Wood of the Communications Studies Department will travel with the students.

Established in 2004 with a $1 million endowment, the Global Technology Initiative is a study-tour of global technology and business companies. Previous destinations include India, China and Taiwan.

For more information about the Global Technology Initiative, visit

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