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