Chen receives Fulbright to assess opportunities for a new business analysis specialty at university in Taiwan

A business information systems professor will be traveling to a university in Chia-yi, Taiwan, for three weeks in January 2012 as part of a recent Fulbright Specialist grant to assess curriculum opportunities for the host institution to stay ahead of the competition in higher education. This project is part of Chen’s semester-long sabbatical research and service activities

Dr. Kuanchin Chen, associate professor of business information systems, has been awarded the Fulbright Specialist status and a Fulbright grant to guide the business administration faculty at National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan in developing a specialty in business analysis through lectures, research and instruction.

“The university currently offers a powerful Information Management program and its IM faculty research is ranked third among more than 180 universities and colleges in Taiwan,” says Chen. “The business analysis focus is expected to add great value to the university, which already offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in information management.

“There are three key components to the project,” says Chen. “After reviewing and assessing the regional/national competition, strategic directions, infrastructure and resources to ensure the concept is a good fit, I will work with faculty at the university to develop faculty expertise in business analysis through training and sharing of research experience. This lays some basic ground work for developing the specialty in the faculty and curriculum based on the most recent international standard developed by the International Institute of Business Analysis. The third component will center on collaboration as we develop opportunities to connect faculty and students at CCU with faculty and students at Western.”

Chen hopes to build relationships with the faculty at CCU so that they may partner on research projects or instructional collaborations on joint projects such as forming a virtual team through the use of technology.

“This is a great way to incorporate an international component into the curriculum at both institutions,” says Chen. “One of the biggest challenges will be the time zones.”

Chen expects the relationship between the two universities will bridge programs such as student exchange visits, visiting scholars and other opportunities for students.

In 2007, Chen spent the summer as a joint-assignment research professor at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan under a government grant to work with the faculty on research. The grant was awarded to five reputable universities to foster cross pollination of research experience with international universities. He also received a government grant from the National Science Council (similar to the National Science Foundation in the U.S.) in 2009 to give research talks at several universities.

Chen earned his master’s degree from the University of Colorado in 1994 and his doctoral degree from Cleveland State University in 1999. Before joining the WMU faculty, he taught at Dakota State University and Cleveland State and worked as a software engineer. He has been at WMU since 2001. In December, he will be leading the International Chinese Information Systems Association as president.

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