University of Idaho. Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the flagship,research, and land-grant university in Idaho. It offers a distinctive combination of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, accomplished faculty, world-class facilities, renowned research accomplishments, and a residential campus in a spectacular natural setting. It has been ranked among the top national universities in the country (Tier 1, according to U.S. News & World Report).  It is regarded as one of the best values in higher education (The Princeton Review).  The University of Idaho currently has 12,000 students, who are from all 44 Idaho counties, 49 states of the United States, and 73 foreign countries. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation distinction for high research activity, with more than $100 million of research expenditure each year.

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a premier higher education institution in the United States. Founded in 1930 as a division of the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion has grown into its own over the years and is now one of only 101 public universities with a Carnegie/Doctoral Research-Extensive distinction. ODU has a strong international emphasis and a rapidly expanding R&D capacity (its external research grants totaled US$73 million in 2007).

National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) was founded in 1980 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and became one of the fastest growing universities in Taiwan and in Asia. NSYSU has endeavored to pursue excellence in teaching and research and has received generous funding from the Ministry of Education under the "Aiming for Top University Plan" (or the "Five-Year-Five-Billion Project"). With Six colleges including Liberal Arts, Science, Engineering, Management, Marine Sciences, and Social Sciences, NSYSU offers 20 Bachelors, 37 Masters and 27 Doctoral Programs. There are currently 9,476 students enrolled and 459 full-time faculty members.