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MA, Comparative and International Education

I am a 28 year old woman from Taiwan who is a great adventurer. I love to travel and my special love is education. Over the last 4 years I have visited 30 countries so far and I am still traveling. Since education is my first love and college is my life, I want to continue to go to school so that I can get a Masters Degree and finally a PHD in Education. Everywhere I go I visit universities. I have visited XXXX University twice, once in 2007 and once in 2010, just a week ago. I think your university is the most beautiful one in the world, and I am most impressed by your programs, especially your Masters Program in Comparative and International Education. It is my first choice and I would be so deeply honored if you would accept me.

 I think it is very important for someone who wants to become a professor in international education and to work at the forefront of the development of international educational programs to stay up on the news. And, these last few days, China and Norway have been in the news. We Taiwanese see ourselves not just as Taiwanese but also Chinese, and as a Chinese woman, I am ashamed of the way that the People’s Republic of China is reacting to the great honor of having one of their citizens win the Nobel Peace Prize. I am embarrassed that this Chinese giant is allowing this great honor to have a negative impact on their relations with Norway. This issue is something that I want to learn more about and it illustrates the way that we need more cultural exchange through international education so that our world can better become one, so that we are all citizens of the same planet. At some point in the future, after completing your Masters Program, I would like to go to mainland China and help the dissidents, and speak out for free speech.

My education was in Foreign Languages and Literature, and since my graduation, I have been working towards my first graduate degree, mostly online, an Executive Master in Business Administration. This has helped to prepare me for a future in international affairs and relations. What has been most helpful, however, is my professional employment position with the Lion Travel Group in Taipei. I have been working with them for 2 years and I now have extensive experience as a project planner, developing new Asian markets for our international tourist board and the overseas hotel

industry. I present seasonal marketing proposals and execute media cues. I also plan projects for worldwide travel exhibitions, provide administrative and coordination support to our management team. And I coordinate travel arrangement and meetings. Since I have been with the company, we have increased our marketing budget from US$1.5 million to US$6 million dollars and our earnings by 32%. I also helped our company to acquire new international customers including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean, and Club Med.

 The greatest contribution that I might be able to make to society would be to use the knowledge and skills that I have learned in the area of travel and international business and apply them to the field of international education. I hope to devote my life to building greater ties between my country and Europe through educational exchange.

 Of all European countries that I have visited, Norway is by far my favorite. And I want to study at XXXX University because I want Norway to be my second home forever.

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