DIT’s Dr. Paul Donnelly Awarded Prestigious Taiwan Fellowship

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) College of Business Research Fellow (2013-15) and Senior Lecturer, and Irish Fulbright Alumni Association (IFAA) President, Dr. Paul Donnelly, is the recipient of a highly prized Taiwan Fellowship.


The Taiwan Fellowship is the most prestigious of Taiwan’s eight fellowship and scholarship programmes, and is awarded following a rigorous, formal, peer assessment process. Altogether, there are 81 recipients of the 2013 Fellowship, who hail from 35 countries. Paul is the only recipient from Ireland; indeed, he is the first Irish scholar to receive the Fellowship.


Established by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2010, the aim of the Fellowship is to encourage experts and scholars worldwide with an interest in Taiwan, cross-Strait relations, mainland China, Asia-Pacific, and Sinology to conduct advanced research in Taiwan's universities or research institutes, in the process promoting international partnership and mutual understanding.


Paul will spend a year in Taiwan (December 2013 to November 2014) researching the country’s path to ‘tiger hood’, which parallels his doctoral work tracing Ireland’s path to outward-looking economic/industrial development. He will be hosted by the College of Management at National Taiwan University (the country’s top-ranked university and a Times Higher Education Top 100 World University) and by the Institute of Sociology at Academia Sinica (the country’s pre-eminent research institution).


For Paul, this “is a really exciting opportunity on a number of levels. Academically, it affords me the opportunity to immerse myself in an area of research that is of interest to both Taiwan and Ireland, namely pathways to economic/industrial development. From the perspective of teaching, it will allow not only for the transfer of research to teaching, but also of the experience of Taiwan’s society and culture. It will also allow me to learn Mandarin through immersion, which will be of immense benefit both personally and institutionally. All in all, the Taiwan Fellowship presents the potential, in a small, but tangible way, to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of Taiwan and Ireland, and all to mutual benefit”.


Taiwan’s Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Harry Tseng, remarked: “The Taiwan Fellowship is one of the scholarships our government offers to encourage foreign scholars and experts to come to our country for more advanced study and research. It is also the most prestigious one. It is my hope that, as the first Irish scholar to receive this Fellowship, Paul’s successful experience in Taiwan will serve as both a reference point and encouragement for Irish scholars to similarly apply for the Fellowship”.  Dr. Tseng went on to observe: “While studying and living in Taiwan, Paul will be an Irish ambassador, introducing Ireland to our people. I hope he will act as a bridge for promoting better understanding between our two peoples, and contribute to enhancing our bilateral relationship”.


Photo caption: (l to r) Ambassador Dr. Harry Tseng (Embassy of Taiwan) with Dr. Paul Donnelly (College of Business, DIT).

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