Fulbright Scholarship Will Send Political Science, Global Studies Major to Taiwan

A Fulbright Scholarship will send political science and global studies major Michael Pirnie to Taiwan next year.

Pirnie, a senior from Omaha, will teach English at an elementary or junior high school.

The Fulbright Scholarship is the flagship international education program sponsored by the United States government. Forty-five Nebraska Wesleyan students have won the prestigious honor with 31 of the awards coming in the past decade.

Pirnie became familiar with the Taiwanese culture while taken a Mandarin language course his first year at NWU. Respect for his professor Chun-Yi Su— a native of Taiwan — along with other courses on China and Taiwan led to a year abroad in China where he studied in Beijing and Nanjing.

“The experience was so large that it is hard to articulate how it shaped me,” said Pirnie. “I feel my time in China grew my self-confidence and perspective on life in untold amounts.”

Pirnie hopes his yearlong experience in Taiwan will provide him with a holistic view of the challenges that education policy faces in the world. In addition to teaching, Pirnie plans to continue taking Mandarin courses. He eventually plans to pursue a career in international education policy.

The Institute for International Education has consistently recognized NWU as one of the top national producers of Fulbright scholars.

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