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French Awardees of 2014 Taiwanese Scholarships and Grants Participate in a Pre-departure Orientation in Paris

French Awardees of 2014 Taiwanese Scholarships and Grants Participate in a Pre-departure Orientation in Paris
The Education Division in France organized a pre-departure orientation for French teaching assistants, and recipients of Taiwan Scholarships, and Huayu Enrichment Scholarships on June 4, 2014. The orientation was attended by 26 scholarship recipients and 11 French teaching assistants, soon to leave for Taiwan. Delphine Cayrel and Maty Ngom, from the Centre International d'etudes Pedagogiques (CIEP), were invited to explain the teaching assistant program and the French language certification system.

"One objective of the meeting was to inform the young French people there about all the different exchange programs and cooperation opportunities, and encourage more people to get involved." Ms. Meichen Lu, the Education Division director explained. She expressed hopes that the scholarship recipients would form long-term friendships with people they met in Taiwan and encouraged them to make good use of their stay in Taiwan to enhance their language abilities, and then challenge themselves by taking the TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language). She hoped that the teaching assistants would help strengthen the cooperative relationships between their host universities in Taiwan and their own universities in France

The formal part of the meeting ended with a puppet show by Ambassador Michel Lu covering Taiwan’s economic, social, cultural, and scientific developments, clearly presenting Taiwan as a qualified international partner. He also highlighted that Taiwan preserves the essence of Chinese culture, and at the same time is also a steadfast guardian of freedom, democracy, and intellectual property rights.

Everyone then enjoyed a Chinese buffet, which gave the participants a chance to get acquainted with each other and ask questions.

The Education Division in Paris has also launched a range of information booklets both in paper and electronic versions this year. These are designed to inform more students, academic institutions, and educational administrations in France about Taiwan’s scholarships and grants.