The Austrian representative office said that today the Ministry of Education’s international and cross strait department and The Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Taiwan Studies to further strengthen educational exchanges.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Ministry of Education will sponsor MCI for three consecutive years to offer Taiwan research courses, academic activities and write papers, and will provide at least one annual Ministry of Education Chinese language scholarship.
The MOU was signed by the Ministry of Education’s representative in Austria, Lu Yun-bin (盧雲賓) on behalf of the Ministry of Education and MCI Principal Andreas Altman. Secretary-General of MCI, Kurt Koleznik, and the ROC Austrian office representative Shi Ya-ping (史亞平) both attended the ceremony. Shi said that in recent years educational exchanges between Taiwan and Austria had developed rapidly. Since 2016, Taiwan has had over 1,000 cultural, educational and sporting visits and exchanges. There are 500 short and medium term Taiwan students in Austria and the number of Austrian students in Taiwan is also growing.
Shi said that the two sides have signed three educational cooperation agreements, namely, the Memorandum of Cooperation for Higher Education, the Memorandum of Cooperation for General and Technical Education, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education’s international and cross strait department and the education department of Tyrol State.
Altman said that Taiwan is one of the major priorities for MCI’s international cooperation with East Asian countries. Last year he received a visit from a Ministry of Education delegation on technical education in colleges, thus contributing to this cooperation framework agreement.
Kelznik also pointed out that MCI graduates have the highest employment rate in the country, which was an affirmation by industry and employers. In the future, MCI hoped to expand technical and professional cooperation with Taiwan to create a win-win situation between the two countries.