The main keys to developing long-lasting friendships with scientific collaborators are mutual understanding and interpersonal connections, Chen Liang-Gee, the Minister of Technology and Science stated as he underscored the accomplishments of twelve research centers in Southeast and South Asia involved in biotechnology, humanities, artificial intelligence, engineering, as well as, healthcare.
There has been the development of the centers over the last 2 years in Myanmar, India, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand – a couple of nations amongst the 18 which are targeted by the latest Southbound Policy of Taiwan.
While there has been development of 3 of its seventeen foreign technology division in Oceania and Asia by the ministry in Australia, India, and Vietnam, the funding of the academic made by the ministry can be used as a vanguards in various other nations for exploration of new territories, as well as for deepening the current relations, Chen told.
He added that helping others in solving their issues and understanding the common needs are crucial for the promotion of international co-operation.
Take the example of engineers from National Cheng Kung University, help the collaborators from the Philippines in advancing their water quality regulation, as well as, techniques for improvement, the minister told.
With the support of the ministry, National Cheng Kung University in May 2018 developed the Philippines-Taiwan Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center along with the Mapua University in the Philippines. Specialists from the Taiwan Water Corp, as well as, various other environmental consultancies were made to stay in touch with their counterparts in the Philippines.
In July, Funding was also provided by the ministry for National Chung Cheng University for the establishment of India-Taiwan Joint Research Center on AI at the Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, when Hsu Yu-chin, the Deputy Minister of Technology and Science was heading a delegation to India for the expansion of collaborations with the country.