By: Wang Shwu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu
Kaohsiung, July 28 (CNA) Thirty-two students from 12 diplomatic allies of Taiwan were
conferred with honorary white coats at I-Shou University in Kaohsiung Tuesday.
The students, who are halfway through a four-year post-graduate program, are the first to be recruited by the university’s School of Medicine for International Students since the school was established in 2013 in compliance with a government policy aimed at cultivating international medical professionals among Taiwan’s diplomatic allies.
Addressing the white coat ceremony, President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said he was inspired by Cuba’s medical relief to various countries to come up with the idea of helping the country’s diplomatic allies to train their students using Taiwan’s medical resources.
In this way, the Taiwan government can also reduce the pressure of sending its own physicians to allied nations on medical relief missions, Ma said. [FULL STORY]