In July, Patricia Abels, D.B.A., CMA, CPA, associate professor of business and chair of the MBA and non-traditional degree completion programs, was a visiting scholar at Shih Chien University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Abels represented the College of Business, teaching Standards Development of Accounting and Auditing to a group of Shih Chien University students who were enrolled in an intensive summer program. Abels was the first visiting scholar in the university’s College of Management.
In addition to teaching the course, Abels made two professional presentations.
Findlay’s partnership with Shih Chien officially began in spring of 2013, when Katherine Fell, Ph.D., president, and Penny Gerdeman, director of international admissions and services, visited Taiwan. The two institutions share a common desire to create a transition for Shih Chien students who want to pursue UF bachelor’s degrees that correspond with Shih Chien’s programs.
In the fall, two students from Taiwan will study business at UF: one in the undergraduate program, majoring in international business, and the other in the master’s program. Abels met both students during her stay in Taipei to discuss scheduling and answer their questions.
Shih Chien’s accounting faculty believe it is essential for accountants to be proficient in a foreign language, such as English, as well as have computer skills and knowledge of accounting, taxation and auditing.
The university is comprised of two campuses and five colleges, with approximately 15,000 students and 700 faculty and staff.