US Defense Dept. opens Flagship language center in Taiwan

New Flagship center at NTU one of US govt.'s two elite Chinese programs abroad

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/10/28
By: Sally Jensen, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Chinese Overseas Flagship language center has been established by the U.S. Defense Department at National Taiwan University to foster exchanges between the U.S. and Taiwan.

William Stanton, the vice president of National Yang Ming University and former director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), previously wrote for Taiwan News:

The Language Flagship is a unique innovation of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. Flagship’s mandate is to develop advanced foreign language skills among young Americans who, according to NSEP, “will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of ten languages critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.” The overall goal is to “educate a citizenry prepared to address the nation’s well-being in the 21st century.”

The project director of the Flagship program in Taiwan, Der-lin Chao (趙德麟), said that as one of only two overseas Chinese-language Flagship centers in the world, the Taipei center will strengthen bilateral ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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