TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The National Immigration Agency (NIA) held a graduation ceremony today for the “new generation” of agency workers who have just completed a six-year training course. Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-ying (徐國勇) was present to congratulate new graduates.
A total of 142 students attended the ceremony, most of whom hold university degrees from domestic and international universities, and all of whom passed basic and professional training. The new graduates will be delegated roles in various units of the National Immigration Agency.
Aside from officials bestowing the graduates with their awards, the ceremony included a performance in which the new agency members showcased their languages proficiencies.
Some of the new recruits at today's ceremony (Taiwan News image)
Hsu explained that, as some of the first faces new immigrants will see in Taiwan, NIA workers are responsible for giving a good impression of the country. He added that they must remember to prioritize national security.
In a speech during the ceremony, the Interior Minister noted that the graduates bring expertise from various field and are proficient in a wide variety of languages. The new admissions to the agency are a diverse and talented bunch, he commented.
Since administering the New Southbound Policy, a set of key initiatives to enhance cooperation and exchanges with Southeast Asian nations has defined the Tsai government, and the NIA has begun to increase its capacity to provide support in a variety of languages.
The new graduates will continue to be trained in a multitude of Southeast Asian languages to ensure they can provide adequate assistance to new arrivals in Taiwan.
In an interview with local media, Hsu said that Taiwan’s future development relies on its ability to attract and retain talent from around the world. For this reason, he added, immigration officers are also trained in a variety of global languages including English, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, and Italian.