Why Study in
East Asia?
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Why Study in East Asia?
  • East Asia is the center of global economic growth and technological innovation.

  • East Asian economies pose the greatest and increasing, competitive challenge to the United States.

  • East Asian countries offer the only example of once "third world," "developing" countries that have caught up with , and even surpassed Western/European countries in terms of wealth and level of technology.

  • East Asia is a dynamic region of the world economy and a focal point of international security and diplomatic attention. Three of America's four major wars during the 20th century were fought in Asia.

  • The East Asian development experience challenges Western, purely market-oriented theories of economic development, and ideas about the infallable virtue of democracy.

  • Despite the growing importance of East Asia on the world stage, the number of university graduates with specialized knowledge of Asian economics, development, and politics remains low.

  • An appreciation of East Asia also bequeaths a better understanding of the Western Experience.


Hardhats

Program participants visiting the China Steel Corporation's rolling steel mill in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

 

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