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March 05, 2020

La Roche University Study Abroad Director Receives Fulbright to Taiwan

PITTSBURGH, March 5, 2020 — Nicole Gable, director of study abroad at La Roche University, has received a Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar Award to Taiwan for two weeks this spring.  

Ms. Gable said she plans to build relationships and lay the foundation for starting a study abroad program in which La Roche students experience the Taiwanese culture.

“At La Roche we encourage students to travel, study and experience the world through Study Abroad+Study USA, a unique program that’s included in tuition,” Ms. Gable said. “Our students are extremely interested in our trips to Asia, but we don’t have the relationships or personal connections like we do in other areas of the world, such as Latin America. My hope is that Taiwan will become a place where we can send our students repeatedly for an amazing experience.”

The International Education Administrators seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Ms. Gable will have opportunities to learn about Taiwan’s education system, and establish connections with U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant.

Activities will include campus visits with a cross-section of universities and colleges, briefings with faculty and administration, government officials, and leading educational experts at public and private institutions. She’ll also have the opportunity to tour historical and cultural sites of Taiwan.

“We all are very proud of Nicole and the honor awarded to her to be a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan,” Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Schaefer, Ph.D., said. “Fulbright Scholars are chosen from a competitive pool of outstanding people in the academic field. Nicole is only the sixth individual in La Roche’s history to receive a Fulbright. This is a credit both to her and to La Roche as she represents the University abroad this spring.”

Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Laureates, 86 Pulitzer Prize winners, 74 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 390,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program.

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.