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Turing Scheme-funded Stepney All Saints School Students Explore Taiwan's Semiconductor Industry

Ministry of Education, British Council Taipei, and Minghsin University of Science and Technology officials with the visiting teachers and students

A group of 18 students from Stepney All Saints School accompanied by five educators  embarked on a two-week study-trip to Taiwan, which included opportunities to learn more about the island's world-famous semiconductor industry. The trip received funding support from the UK government's Turing Scheme. This funding scheme is designed to help British education providers to give their students study or work placements around the world to develop their skills, gain international experience, and boost their employability, and this is the first group of senior secondary level UK students to come to Taiwan under the Turing Scheme.        
The group arrived in Taiwan on February 16 and on February 21 visited Minghsin University of Science and Technology to tour the university’s Semiconductor Talent Cultivation Base and facilities dedicated to semiconductor and smart manufacturing. They were greeted there by officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, the British Office Taipei, and the British Council, underscoring the significance of their being the first senior secondary level group of UK students to come to Taiwan under the Turing Scheme. Mr. Liao Kao-Hsien, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Education’s Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, reiterated the government's commitment to advancing internationalization in Taiwan's education system and facilitating educational exchanges such as this.
Jessica Henry, Director of Economic and Growth at the British Office Taipei, praised the Turing Scheme for its pivotal role in fostering such exchanges which enhance mutual understanding between Taiwan and the UK. She commended Taiwan’s Ministry of Education for its efforts to facilitate the students’ visit and expressed optimism about future collaborations between educational institutions in Taiwan and Britain.
Lewis Smith, Deputy Headteacher of Stepney All Saints, expressed his deep gratitude for the support extended by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. He described the visiting British students being able to immerse themselves in Taiwan's technological prowess and industrial expertise as an enriching experience, and he thanked the Education Division at the Taiwan Representative Office in the UK for the invaluable assistance it provided arranging the group’s comprehensive itinerary and coordinating visits to so many places of interest.
Later that day the visiting group toured the TSMC Museum of Innovation in Hsinchu Science Park and explored TSMC’s innovation in integrated circuit (IC) design and product applications, and two days later the students took part in a digital experimentation class at Yung-Chin Senior High School in Taipei as part of this component of their visit. Other components included taking part in learning activities and cultural exchanges at National Tung-Shih Senior High School in Chiayi, and Nan-gang High School in Taipei and visiting tourist attractions.
Taiwan looks forward to welcoming more secondary level UK students to Taiwan under the Turing Scheme to interact with local students and foster cultural awareness and international understanding, as Taiwan and the UK continue to increase their educational interaction.