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What Will the Future Hold? Graduation Plans of NCCU International Students

IMPIS students with Director, Dr. Teng taking a photo together after the turning of tassel ceremony at the Yun-Shui Hall, 2F of Fong-Yu Building (Credit: Emelyn Peralta)
IMPIS students with Director, Dr. Teng taking a photo together after the turning of tassel ceremony at the Yun-Shui Hall, 2F of Fong-Yu Building (Credit: Emelyn Peralta)
Date : 2019-07-10 Department : 國合處
By Office of International Cooperation

International undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students graduated from a broad range of colleges at National Chengchi University on June 15 and 22, 2019.

The graduation ceremony started with an opening speech by the college Dean at each college. The Dean of the College of International Affairs, Dr. Ren-Rang Ciou, told graduates that “With your help and support in the coming years, our department will be ranked within the top 50 worldwide!”

According to Isaac Ambruso, graduating with a Master’s degree in International Studies (IMPIS), due to the expertise of his NCCU professors, he felt that his studies in Taiwan were a good investment. He plans to return to the United States to teach and pursue a postgraduate degree.

While some IMPIS graduates are looking towards careers in academics, others are looking at opportunities in the non-profit and government sectors. Raymond Pagnucco is applying to join non-government organizations in Latin America, while Aurel Lewis has a position lined up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belize.

Graduating from the International Master’s in Asia- Pacific Studies (IMAS) program, Argentinian Fernando Sambrini praised the program’s wide range of classes and openness to allowing students to customize their studies according to their interests. He also stressed that NCCU provides top-notch facilities and great opportunities to network with faculties who are among the best in East Asia. Currently, he got an internship at the Argentinian Trade and Cultural Office in Taiwan, researching Taiwan’s import and export regulations to boost bilateral trade.

International Master’s Business Administration (IMBA) student Neeti Dixit from India said the IMBA program helped her achieve cultural and social enrichment. She’s currently working in a Private Equity firm in Taiwan and plans to move to Europe. Fellow IMBA student Victoria Pixabaj from Belize will use the knowledge and experience gained in the program to develop programs that empower youths back in Belize. “I'll find ways for young people to become goal setters and problem solvers,” she said.

Assistant Professor and NCCU alumnus Dr. Alex Hsieh advised graduates: “Seize the time to visit as many places as possible while studying in Taiwan and pursue more methodology-based classes. The world changes fast and methodology helps us learn, allowing us to keep up with the pace of change.”

Learning does not stop with graduation, and education continues as graduates march towards the next phase in their lives.
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