After graduating in the summer of 2003, I began working for the Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research, a think tank in Taiwan, on a World Trade Organization (WTO) related research project. That same year, I moved to the National Science Council's ISTI International Cooperation Division, which is today's scientific policy and information center.
My experience with the National Science Council during that year was rewarding, and has provided me with the opportunity to apply what I learned at the School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech to the real work routine. Every week I was assigned to welcome official representatives, science policy makers, and scientists from all over the world. This job position widened my world view even further and encouraged me to learn new knowledge on a daily base while applying international negotiation skills and international relations knowledge that I learned at Georgia Tech.
In 2004, I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, completing my doctoral dissertation by conducting research on the French constitutional system.
My current position is assistant professor in the department of international affairs at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, teaching international relations, comparative politics, and NGO-related courses. The position gives me access to various international cooperation projects, and many academic research projects I conduct currently link back to knowledge I acquired at Georgia Tech.
I enjoy doing international volunteer work during my summer breaks. So far, I have volunteered for community/farm work in Cambodia (2010) and for an illegally smuggled animals rescue center in Indonesia (2014). In the future, I plan to engage in more international volunteer activities so that I can see the beauty of this diverse world and gain further first-hand knowledge about sustainability, animal protection, and community support.
Advice to Current Students
“Go abroad and be open-minded to this world. Be energetic and curious about this world.”
The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs’ requirements of study abroad (I attended the EU Study Abroad program in the summer of 2004) and a second language really helped to broaden my world view. I am not afraid of being in touch and communicating with professionals worldwide.
Additionally, becoming friends with many classmates and professors with scientific backgrounds during my time at Tech gives me better knowledge and familiarity when it comes to science-related topics.