TECO Boston and BUCSA Celebrate 17 Years of Partnership

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The Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO Boston) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University on October 24, 2023 to support activities and initiatives at the Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), a center of the Pardee School, marking fourth renewal of the partnership between BUCSA and TECO.

The partnership between TECO and the BUCSA supports teaching, visiting lectures, events, research, libraries, and allows us to bring more diversity to our courses.

Robert HefnerProfessor of Anthropology and of International Relations at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Director of the School’s Center for the Study of Asia, expressed gratitude to Director Cynthia Huang and Jessica Wung of the Education Division at TECO Boston for their exceptional program management, highlighting the impressive breadth and vision they brought to the partnership, particularly evident during BUCSA’s recent Taiwan-related events with the Taiwanese writer and former Minister of Culture Lung Yingtai, which seamlessly blended intimate portraits of people in Taiwan with broader geopolitics and geo-cultural perspectives, and he sees this as a promising sign for future opportunities.

Scott Taylor, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies, expressed gratitude for the attendees, thanked colleagues, and acknowledged the longstanding partnership with TECO’s Education Division, mentioning the previous grants from TECO that supported the expansion of BU’s Taiwan programs, and highlighted the growing interest in and benefits of Taiwan-related events at Boston University.

Provost Kenneth R. Lutchen expressed that since its establishment, BU has been dedicated to equipping students not only with the skills needed for career success but also with a global perspective, cultural engagement, and a broader education, and this partnership with the Taiwanese Ministry of Education’s Taipei of Economic and Cultural Office is a significant step in realizing that mission of creating globally minded citizens who aspire to improve the world.

Cynthia Huang, Director of the Education Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, expressed her honor in signing a memorandum of understanding with Boston University to continue fostering appreciation and understanding of Taiwan’s culture, society, and history, emphasizing the long-standing 17-year partnership with BU in advancing education and cooperation.

The Center for the Study of Asia promotes comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and cross-national understanding of Asia through coordination of teaching missions, research support, community-building among faculty and students, and broad outreach beyond the university. It strives to be an intellectual hub for new ideas and cutting-edge research in the humanities and social sciences.