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UH students outside the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Innovation Museum in summer 2023.

Scholarships provided by a generous donation from the Alice & JP Wang Foundation will help University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students with the costs of studying abroad in Taiwan as part of the Chinese Language Flagship Program in the College of Arts, Languages & Letters (CALL).

The Alice & JP Wang Foundation Student Support Fund for Study in Taiwan will provide monetary assistance to help students with the cost of studying in Taiwan either over a summer or for their final year of the program. Applications can be submitted through Friday, March 15.

Song Jiang, director of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, said the donation will help to cover students’ travel, tuition and living expenses.

“The ability of our flagship students to continue their studies in Taiwan is crucial as it affords them the opportunity to enhance their language capabilities through living in a Chinese-speaking society, and it provides them with the opportunity to gain a level of cultural competence otherwise not available to them,” Jiang said. “This very generous donation helps us to reach a greater number of students who want to further their studies in Taiwan to reach their academic and career goals.”

As part of the Chinese Language Flagship Program, students must spend eight weeks in a summer intensive Chinese language program, UH Mānoa in Taiwan program, and then study in Taiwan during a mandatory capstone year.

The California-based Alice & JP Wang Foundation was established by JP Wang, founder of the information technology firm Golden Star Technology Inc., and his wife, Alice Wang. Their foundation has also supported more than 50 scholarships in California.

“I am grateful to the (Alice & JP Wang) Foundation for their support of our students’ language immersion training in Taiwan, an essential component of the Chinese Flagship program,” said CALL Dean Peter Arnade. “Their gift will make a tangible difference in our students’ ability to complete the Flagship program and achieve advanced proficiency in Mandarin.”

Founded in 2014, the UH Mānoa Chinese Language Flagship program is one of 13 in the U.S.

For more go to the UH Foundation website.

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