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NCHU has promoted the very first veterinary medicine dual degree in Taiwan

2017-02-21
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On February 21, 2017, the Chung Hsing University and Kansas State University (KSU) announced a jointed partnership that offers a dual degree in veterinary medicine, which marked Taiwan’s first and only veterinary medicine dual degree. The program enables students to earn a dual degree (undergraduate and post graduate professional degree) at both universities after completing two years of undergraduate courses at Chung Hsing University, and one full year of prerequisite courses and four years of professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at KSU. Students are considered eligible to take veterinary licensing examinations both in Taiwan and in the United States when graduated.

Chung Hsing University is the world’s first university to sign a partnership with Kansas State University connecting undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary medicine schools. Shieu Fuh-Sheng(薛富盛), president of Chung Hsing University, Tammy Beckham, dean of college of veterinary medicine, KSU, Chou Chi-Chung(周濟眾), dean of college of veterinary medicine, Chung Hsing University, and Lu Jane(魯真), dean of college of international affairs, signed an agreement for a dual degree program offered by the two institutions.

KSU was established in 1863, recognized as having one of the country's leading veterinary science colleges. The university has been ranked as one of the top 100 schools in the world. Tammy Beckham and Peggy Schmidt, dean and vice dean of KSU interviewed and admitted four students during their trip to Taiwan on Feb. 20, 2017.

According to Chou Chi-Chung(周濟眾), there are only 30 veterinary science colleges in 50 states of the US and traditionally, only US residents are allowed enrollment in veterinary science. Bachelor degree programs in veterinary studies are often designed as pre-veterinary programs that provide training to students who intend to become veterinarians. Typically it would take a vet student 8 years which include a four-year professional curriculum leading to veterinary medicine doctoral degree. On top of this, it is very competitive to get into the veterinary science college. Hence, undergraduate students would normally work one or two years before moving on to a veterinary science college. Hence, the dual degree offered by Chung Hsing University and KSU allows a domestic student to acquire a degree within 7 years, which is a year in advance of veterinary students in US.

Currently, there are four universities in the United States that accept foreign undergraduate students which include University of California, Davis, University of Minnesota, Lowa State University and KSU. In this regards, the program that Chung Hsing University and KSU has initiated, offers admission applications from Chung Hsing veterinary students who have completed two years of courses, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Once the applying student passes KSU’s interview, the individual is able to apply for admission to any of these four universities after finishing one full year of prerequisite courses, which is equivalent to the course credit requirements of an applying US student. Furthermore, a Chung Hsing student would just need a minimum 3.4 GPA to guarantee admission to the KSU.
Chung Hsing University is the world’s first university to sign a partnership with Kansas State University connecting undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary medicine schools. Shieu Fuh-Sheng(薛富盛), president of Chung Hsing University, Tammy Beckham, dean

Chung Hsing University is the world’s first university to sign a partnership with Kansas State University connecting undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary medicine schools. Shieu Fuh-Sheng(薛富盛), president of Chung Hsing University, Tammy Beckham, dean

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