TAIWAN: Exchanges with US universities encouraged

Taiwan will encourage local universities to seek out and expand exchanges with their US counterparts in the hope of giving Taiwan a voice in public policy debates in the United States, Minister of Education Wu Ching-ji said, Lin Szu-yu and Elizabeth Hsu report for the Central News Agency.

The government will encourage cooperation and exchanges with prestigious US schools through its five-year, NT$50 billion (US$1.6 billion) programme to help local universities transform themselves into 'world class' institutions, Wu noted. The ministry hopes that more funds will be allocated to establish educational foundations or research centres at renowned US schools.

If Taiwanese students can graduate from highly reputed schools in the U.S., they will have a better chance of finding a good job and be better placed to speak for Taiwan there, Wu said.
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