The Catholic University of America

July 1, 2009

CUA Extends its Overseas Reach to Taiwan and Vietnam

  Father O'Connell and Wan-Lee Cheng, president of Chung Yuan Christian University, sign memoranda of understanding between the universities.

Earlier this summer, CUA administrators traveled to Taiwan and Vietnam to sign memoranda of understanding with other universities and meet with alumni.

President Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, Provost James Brennan and Dean Charles Nguyen attended Chung Yuan Christian University's commencement in Jhongli, Taiwan, on June 13. There Father O'Connell delivered the graduation address and received an honorary doctorate.

The next day, Father O'Connell concelebrated Mass with Archbishop of Taiwan John Hung Shan-chuan, who is a CUA alumnus, and enjoyed dinner with about 20 alums who live in Asia.

Father O'Connell signed memoranda of understanding with Chung Yuan Christian University and with St. John's University in Taipei, Taiwan, paving the way for future academic collaboration with these two institutions.

On June 16, Provost Brennan and Dean Nguyen traveled on to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a dinner hosted by Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Mân and attended by clergymen who are university alums, including Bishop Pierre Nguyen Van Kham. In addition, the two CUA leaders met with administrators of other universities and research centers in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hanoi, and signed a memorandum of understanding between CUA and the University of Danang.

See more photos from the trip below.


  Wan-Lee Cheng greets Father O'Connell in Taiwan.


Father O'Connell receives a special hood as part of his honorary doctorate at Chung Yuan Christian University where he delivered the commencement address.  


  Dean Nguyen at the Art Center at Chung Yuan Christian University.


Father O'Connell celebrates Mass at St. Christopher Church in Taiwan.  



Hsien Ping Pao, professor of civil engineering, Father O'Connell, Provost Brennan and Dean Nguyen in Taiwan.


Uyen Nguyen, director of International Programs in Asia, Dean Nguyen, Provost Brennan and Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Mân in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  


  Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Mân leads a prayer.