UNC Board of Governors' Delegation Meets with Phillips Ambassadors in Taiwan

In March, six UNC students, including three Phillips Ambassadors, met with representatives of the UNC Board of Governors at National Taiwan University.

The Board of Governors delegation, led by President Tom Ross, traveled throughout Asia to strengthen relationships between UNC system schools and Asian academic institutions.

"We have been expanding our collaborations with academic institutions in Asia for more than a decade now in order to provide an appropriate range of study abroad programs for the ever increasing number of students who wish to learn more about Asia and to develop their language skills, especially in Mandarin Chinese," said Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges.

In addition to increasing faculty hires in Asian studies and supporting increased student enrollment in Asian language and studies courses, the College of Arts and Sciences has also managed a spike in study abroad participation in Asia, due in part to a generous gift by Ambassador Earl “Phil” Phillips, Jr., who launched the Phillips Ambassadors program in 2007.

“International study is one of life’s great educational experiences, so I am proud to encourage our students to live and learn in Asia, a region that will play a much more important role in the world in the 21st century,” said Ambassador Phillips. He added that he was “thrilled” that UNC students, including three Phillips Ambassadors, were able to meet with members of the BOG on their visit to Taiwan.

August Armbrister’12, a Phillips Ambassador at National Taiwan University, enjoyed meeting with the visiting delegation. “It was great to meet the governing individuals of the academic institution you attend, and they really engaged us in conversation,” said Armbrister.

“Giving our students the chance to not only study in Asia and thereby experience another culture and way of life, but also to meet with key leaders of our state – that’s part of the excitement of studying abroad these days,” said Miles.

Learn more about the Phillips Ambassadors Program and other UNC Study Abroad opportunities worldwide.