US-funded language program opens center at NTU

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 29, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The Chinese Overseas Flagship (COF) in Taiwan center, part of the US government-sponsored

Students and teachers at the Chinese Overseas Flagship (COF) in Taiwan center yesterday pose with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) at the official opening of the center at National Taiwan University in Taipei. AIT Director Brent Christensen is in the back row, with a red-striped tie; COF in Taiwan center director Chao Der-lin is seventh right in the front row in a red blazer.
Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Education

Language Flagship program, officially opened yesterday at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei.

The Language Flagship is an undergraduate program that includes instruction in languages such as Arabic, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish under the US’ National Security Education Program (NSEP).

The NSEP was established in 1991 under the David L. Boren National Security Education Act that mandated the US secretary of defense to create such a program to provide scholarships for undergraduates, fellowships to graduate students and grants to US institutions to fund the study of countries and languages critical to the US’ national security.

The COF in Taiwan center, which was established on June 3 and received its first batch of students last month, is one of two such centers in Asia; the other is at Nanjing University in China.

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