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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Embassy of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) hosted the Taiwan Scholarship briefing at Union Orchid Garden on 6 February 2020. Councillor Bill Huang of the Embassy, Permanent Secretary Michelle Charles of the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations gave remarks.
Secretary Steven Tsao, Po-Yen and Human Resource Development Officer Althea Emmanuel also briefed about the program. The briefing attracted more than 150 students, parents and alumni who filled up the venue.
In his remark, Councillor Huang thanked Saint Lucian students for their interest in studying in Taiwan and interacted with the students at the scene to get to know why students are coming for the briefing. He laid stress on Saint Lucian students’ outstanding performance in Taiwan in both the academy field and cultural activities. He also stressed Taiwan’s comparative advantage as a destination of study for foreign students and expats, which includes its low cost but high standards of living and its friendly people. Finally, he urged the students to carefully read through the application guidance to avoid any errors that could potentially prevent students from receiving this life-changing opportunities.
Permanent Secretary Charles thanked the Government of Taiwan and its people for their generosity in providing such opportunities for Saint Lucian students to study abroad and explore the world. She hoped these students could come back to Saint Lucia upon completion of the study and enhance Saint Lucia’s technology level. She mentioned that there have been more than 160 students who are currently studying in Taiwan. The students have enjoyed the vibrant and open society of Taiwan and learnt a lot during their academic journey there.
The briefing also featured delicious Taiwanese food prepared by chefs who went to Taiwan to study cooking. The Taiwan Technical Mission (TTM) also provided Tai-chiao No.2, the newly introduced climate-resilient bananas from Taiwan for testing at the site. Posters were placed to showcase different university programmes covered by Taiwan Scholarship.
The deadline for submitting Taiwan Scholarship application to the Embassy of Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia will be on Friday, 13 March, 2020. (E)