Taiwan achieves best results to date at WorldSkills
Taiwan won five golds, seven silvers and four bronze medals, along with 18 honorable-mention “medallions of excellence,” at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition, which is claimed to be the world’s largest skilled trade and technology competition.
This was Taiwan’s best result since it began participating in the WorldSkills Competition in 1970.
Taiwan sent 41 participants to the biennial skilled profession competition and took part in 39 skill areas featured at the event, which attracted 1,189 participants from 63 countries throughout the world.
The latest competition was held Aug. 12-15 in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the awards were conferred at the closing ceremony on Sunday.
Lin Hung-te, director of the Workforce Development Agency’s Skill Evaluation Center and administrative convenor of the Chinese Taipei delegation, said Taiwan has achieved an over 90 percent win rate.
The gold medals were brought back home by Su Hsueh-yi in joinery, Juan Pei-hao in refrigeration and air conditioning, Chen Sh-ting in fashion technology, Yao Jia-sheng in electronics and Ku Sheng-wei in cooking.
Taiwanese contestants also collected silver medals in bricklaying, graphic de- sign technology, industrial control, mechanical engineering design, IT network systems administration, sheet metal technology and mechatronics, while its bronze medals came from cabinetmaking, CNC turning, hairdressing, and automobile technology.
The WorldSkills Competition, an international hub for skills excellence and development in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers around the globe, is held by different countries every other year and will be hosted next time in Abu Dhabi in 2017.
Su Hsueh-yi of Taiwan, right, celebrates with fellow contestants at the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, yesterday. Su won the gold medal in joinery. The Chinese Taipei team took home five golds, seven silvers and four bronze medals in total.