The director of the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, held meetings with Utah State University officials and Taiwanese students recently.

"It was mainly a get-acquainted visit," said Brian Pitcher, associate provost for international education. Chen-Ching Li is visiting all the major universities in a nine-state Western region and will return next year."We discussed the Mandarin Training Center, which is one of the best in the world, and the possibility of USU students attending for a year or a year and a half to learn Chinese.

"It is something our students could really benefit from. There is a need for us to look more and more to the Pacific Rim," Pitcher said.

There is already increasing student interest in the Pacific, the associate provost said, with a 50 percent increase in enrollment in Japanese, Korean and Chinese language courses over the past year at USU.