St. Thomas University Hosts Emerging Technology Conference to Expand Taiwan-Florida Collaborations
Miami’s St. Thomas University played formal host to dignitaries and Asian scholars at the 24th Annual CASPAH & 5th Annual TFHE Conferences August 24-26. The innovative “Emerging Technology in Higher Education” series featured experts, academia members and global scholars in higher education technology who discussed one of Florida’s emerging technology sectors - modeling, simulation and training (MS & T).
Presented by the Chinese American Scholars and Professionals Association of Florida (CASPAF) and The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), the event helped expand higher education partnerships. A world-class panel of speakers shared their expertise with conference attendees on how Florida’s I-4 High Tech Corridor has become a U.S. model for building partnerships with academic institutions and industries. St. Thomas University’s Provost, China born Dr. Gregory Chan was a crucial figure in establishing these collaborations between academia, the Taiwan government boards and Florida industries.
Lt. General Thomas L. Baptiste of the National Center for Simulation was among the distinguished speakers and addressed how Florida has become a leader in this fast growing industry. The conference created a platform to connect Taiwan with mainstream U.S. scholars, professionals and industries to discover best practices and emerging trends in technology, culture, and global business. Other panelists included Dr. ed H. Moore, Ph.D., President Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida; Randolph E. Berridge, President, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, with St. Thomas University President Franklyn M. Casale addressing participants at the welcome reception. The conference ended with a farewell dinner at the St. Thomas campus August 26 where the President, Provost Dr. Gregory Chan and Associate Provost Susan Angulo provided the opportunity to enjoy the best paella in town and treating everyone like royalty.
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