Taiwan signs MOU with France, establishes first Taiwan studies program in Paris

As a way to promote Taiwanese culture, the program will provide several courses on transformation of the Taiwan society

Photo courtesy of Taipei Representative Office in France by CNA

Photo courtesy of Taipei Representative Office in France by CNA

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Taipei Representative Office in France, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris on Friday to promote Taiwan culture among French students.

The program is the first program in its kind in the country. The program to be set up at EHESS is said to have several courses that students from EHESS can attend. In a semester there will be a two-hour class per week and the program can be counted up to 12 study credits.

The program will also conduct seminars hosted by academics and specialists from many parts of the world with the focus mostly on the transformation of the new Taiwan society and national identity till 2020, according to the Taipei Representative office as reported by the Central News Agency.

Samia Ferhat, a French researcher who doubles as the associate head of the program, expressed her hope of ultimately establishing a permanent Taiwan studies center at EHESS. Xavier Paulès the Director of the Modern China Research Center at EHESS also mentioned that a new program like this would create opportunities for local and international students as well as education institutes in France to educate themselves more about Taiwan and its cultures.