The meeting was held alongside ASU’s participation in the 75th convening of the NAFSA Association of International Educators — an annual gathering of worldwide higher education leaders committed to advancing international education and preparing students for thriving careers in a globally connected world.

“The meeting was well aligned to the goals of NAFSA and demonstrated ASU’s design aspiration to engage globally in practice,” said Kent Hopkins, vice president for Academic Enterprise enrollment. “Our ASU delegation had a meaningful exchange of ideas with leaders from some of Taiwan’s most distinguished universities. It was equally gratifying to speak with them about the successes of the many Taiwanese students who are enrolled at ASU. Our Taiwanese students enrich our university with their perspectives, culture and experiences. We’re proud of them and the global community they help us create at ASU.”

In recent years, as ASU has ascended to be the No. 1 public university in the U.S. for hosting international students, enrollment has grown to 290 students from Taiwan joining ASU in a campus-based program in Arizona in fall 2022 — a population that has doubled in the past decade.

One such Taiwanese student who was present for the meeting with the ASU and Taiwanese delegation was Cheng-Chieh Liao, a master’s student in computer engineering. 

“It was truly a privilege for me to have participated in this meeting,” said Liao. “Witnessing the collaboration between ASU and universities in my home country is thrilling. I am particularly excited about the prospects of future cooperation in areas such as Chinese language and culture, and the semiconductor field.”

University enrollment leaders anticipate that the presence of TSMC in Arizona and the impact of ongoing partnerships with Taiwanese universities will be a draw for ASU enrollment, as students in Arizona and around the globe seek career opportunities in semiconductor and related industries. These industries are expected to grow rapidly thanks in part to the passage of the CHIPS and Science Act in 2022, which released $52 billion in funding over five years to accelerate national security technology.

The work of this group will continue beyond this convening, and plans to build mutually beneficial academic alliances between institutions are underway. Alongside ongoing plans for partnerships between academia and industry in the semiconductor industry, ASU and its sister Taiwanese universities agreed to work collaboratively to expand foreign language education and continue dialogue on STEM education, as both topics reflect the goal shared by all universities — fostering global cooperation, understanding and engagement between its citizens.

View a photo album from the May 31 visit.