The New Southbound Policy Educational Exchanges Exhibition
Opens in Huashan 1914 Creative Park.
The Vice President Commends the New Southbound Talent Development Program for Nurturing New Vitality
The New Southbound Policy that Taiwan launched in 2016 has three key features: people-to-people interactions, two-way exchanges and cooperation, and resource-sharing, and the Ministry of Education established the New Southbound Talent Development Program in conjunction with these. The Program is designed to promote and expand the higher education market overseas, to widen the two-way flow of skilled people between Taiwan and New Southbound Policy target countries, and to serve as a platform for bilateral educational cooperation integrating social and cultural links.
To raise public awareness of the substantial achievements that the Ministry’s New Southbound Talent Development Program has already accomplished, the Ministry organized the 3-day New Southbound Policy Educational Exchanges Exhibition, in Huashan 1914 Creative Park, starting April 29. Vice President Dr. Chen Jian-Ren, and Minister of Education, Dr. Wu Maw-Kuen were the guests of honor at the opening ceremony, along with many dignitaries.
Highly skilled people are a reservoir of strength and vitality for any country, and so a wide range of progressive policies, strategies, and practical measures are being implemented for leading colleges and universities in Taiwan to further develop educational exchanges with Southeast and South Asian countries, and Australia, and New Zealand to train and educate highly skilled people and promote regional economic development. These will enhance our interactions and help achieve the vision of mutually beneficial collaboration.
Vice President Dr. Chen Jian-Ren explained in his remarks at the exhibition opening that the Ministry of Education has been encouraging young people and students in Taiwan to visit ASEAN and South Asian countries, and Australia, and New Zealand for in-depth overseas experiences through a series of related programs. These include programs offering subsidies for students to undertake internships in overseas industrial corporations, and programs encouraging young people in Taiwan to engage in overseas volunteer services. More than 3,500 have participated in just one year. The MOE is also providing opportunities for second-generation immigrants to become advanced professionals in international businesses. The two-way interaction is paramount and the Vice President pointed out that this year has seen a dramatic increase in the number of students from the New Southbound Policy target countries studying in universities in Taiwan. He is delighted to see that both the number and the quality of bilateral professional skills enhancement exchanges are continuing to grow.
The New Southbound Policy Educational Exchanges Exhibition has six sections that visitors can see on a guided tour or can explore by themselves: 1. Regional Neighboring Countries of Taiwan, 2. Settling in a New Home, 3. Expanding Vision, 4. Bilateral Exchanges, 5. Empowering Second-Generation Immigrants, and 6. Multimedia Displays. These showcase the experiences of people from the New Southbound Policy partner countries who have come to study and do internships in Taiwan, Taiwan students' experiences of overseas study and volunteer work, and opportunities for second-generation immigrants to explore the cultures and languages of their parents’ home country. Details of the education systems of the New Southbound Policy partner countries are also introduced.
The exhibition includes public talks each day, and a wide range of displays and activities to experience, such as digital courses paired with virtual reality (VR) experiences developed for Vietnamese vocational education, dance performances from the New Southbound Policy partner countries, Sepak Takraw (a Thai ball game) presentations, Vietnamese spring roll-making demonstrations, and some DIY activities organized by the five science museums participating in the New Southbound program. Visitors can enjoy an augmented reality (AR) clothes fitting device that lets them see themselves in the traditional clothing of the New Southbound Policy partner countries, and visit famous movies scenes from these countries virtually. AR participants can also take photos and check in on social media.
The New Southbound Policy Educational Exchanges Exhibition is being held in Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei from April 29 to May 1, and it will then move to the National Science and Technology Museum in Kaohsiung from May 4 to May 13. Be sure not to miss it!