US, Taiwan join forces to launch education project

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 04, 2020
By:  Sherry Hsiao / Staff reporter

From left, Deputy Minister of Education Liu Meng-chi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen and Overseas Community Affairs Council Vice Minister Roy Leu launch the “Taiwan-US Education Initiative” at a ceremony in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Taipei Times

The US and Taiwan yesterday launched a new bilateral education initiative that American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen said was aimed at expanding access to Mandarin and English-language instruction and safeguarding academic freedom.

At a ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei for the US-Taiwan Education Initiative, Christensen said that it would “highlight Taiwan’s important role in providing Chinese-language instruction to Americans and to people around the world, and seeks to expand Taiwan’s influence in this area.”

As part of the initiative, the AIT and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on international education cooperation that focuses on language education.

The memorandum is expected to remain in effect for five years, with the possibility of an extension, the AIT said.    [FULL  STORY]

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