Mo­saic Tai­wan ex­change pro­gram kicks off 3-week project in Taipei

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

“Mo­saic Tai­wan,” a fel­low­ship ex­change pro­gram for Amer­i­can and Canadian stu­dents to gain first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence in the R.O.C, yes­ter­day kicked off in Taipei.

Speak­ing dur­ing a cer­e­mony to mark the be­gin­ning of the three­week-pro­gram, For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin ( ) wel­comed a to­tal of 30 stu­dents who took part in the For­eign Min­istry-ini­ti­ated pro­gram.

The min­is­ter hopes that the ex­change pro­gram par­tic­i­pants from the U.S. and Canada can bet­ter un­der­stand Tai­wan via the on­go­ing pro­gram while at the same time mak­ing friends with lo­cal peo­ple.

First launched in 2014, the Mo­saic Tai­wan pro­gram pro­vides young stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als who have an in­ter­est in global af­fairs with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the beauty of Tai­wan’s nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and to bet­ter un­der­stand its cul­ture and so­ci­ety through ex­ten­sive ex­changes with lo­cal lead­ers from var­i­ous fields, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry. The fel­low­ship pro­gram is open to Amer­i­can and Canadian cit­i­zens aged be­tween 20 and 35.

It also gives young lead­ers from Tai­wan in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure by fos­ter­ing dia­logue with their over­seas coun­ter­parts.

Run­ning un­til July 3, fel­lows will take part in team-build­ing and lead­er­ship devel­op­ment ex­er­cises, as well as work­shops and lec­tures on top­ics in­volv­ing Tai­wan.

There will also be vis­its to busi­nesses and mu­se­ums in var­i­ous cities, as well as in­dige­nous re­serves and sites of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty around the is­land.

The pro­gram is made even more im­mer­sive through home­s­tays and com­mu­nity ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties. Fel­lows will also get to meet with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and young lead­ers in Tai­wan to dis­cuss is­sues of com­mon con­cern, with a fo­cus on fos­ter­ing cross-cul­tural con­nec­tions and friend­ships, the min­istry added.

This year a to­tal of 30 stu­dents from higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in U.S. and Canada took part in the pro­gram.

De­spite their young age, most of them al­ready have ex­pe­ri­ence in law, fi­nance, and/or mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion sec­tors. Among the par­tic­i­pants in­clude a 21-year-old Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dent who has served in a se­nior post in the Ari­zona Demo­cratic Party; a stu­dent who took part in U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign; and a mem­ber of the U.S. Peace Corps, the min­istry said.

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