It is well known that Germany's more than 300 institutions of higher education offer incredible opportunities to students from all over the world. A wide and fascinating range of subjects, excellent academic standards, and an immense variety and diversity of institutional profiles ensure that students from other countries will find study opportunities to match their personal requirements and interests. German universities have restructured their programs during the past decade so that they also can offer more than 500 international degree courses that are taught in English. \nThis broad variety of German universities is complemented by outstanding research facilities, which can easily hold their own in any comparison with the world's best research institutes. As most Taiwanese students are already graduates when going to Germany this could be of special interest for them, because these institutions are also looking for highly qualified international graduates and post-docs. \nOnly recently established, Caesar (Center of Advanced European Studies and Research) is a fine example of an outstanding research institution. Located in the former German capital, Bonn, this new international, multidisciplinary research center uses cutting-edge technologies at the interface of information sciences, physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. The goal of each single research project is not only to make a noticeable contribution to science, but also to create marketable innovations that lead to the establishment of start-up companies. In competitive economies, basic research and product development increasingly proceed in tandem. Therefore Caesar is to develop and test new mechanisms for converting research results into industrial applications (see: www.caesar.de). \nThe Hermann von Helmholtz-Association of National Research Centers (HGF) is an alliance of 15 autonomous scientific centers dedicated to the pursuit of long-term research goals and priorities of the state and society. The HGF seeks to provide significant contributions to the solution of urgent problems in its research areas -- energy, earth and environment, health, key technologies, transport and space (see: www.helmholtz.de). \nSince its establishment in 1949, the Fraunhofer Society (FhG) has become a driving force behind the trademark "Made in Germany." Aiming at applied research, the FhG undertakes contract research on behalf of business and industry, the service sector and government institutions. Commissioned by a client, FhG develops solutions to technological and organizational problems. The main goal is the transformation of scientific know-how into practical applications. FhG also conducts strategic research for Germany's federal and state governments wherever relevant research projects call for innovative solutions in key technologies (see: www.fraunhofer.de). \nThe Max-Planck-Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) emerged in 1948 in order to strengthen research efforts in Germany. It is also an umbrella organization for 80 institutes focusing on basic research in the natural sciences and the humanities. The institutes provide excellent research conditions for internationally renowned scientists. Promoting close cooperation with the foreign research establishment is part of the MPG philosophy (see: www.mpg.de). \nLast but not least, three institutions that support scientific excellence on an institutional as well as individual level also should be mentioned: The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is dedicated to serving all fields of science and the humanities by financing research projects carried out in universities and public research institutions. Furthermore, it advises governments and authorities on scientific issues, promotes cooperation between science and industry, and fosters links with research abroad. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting young scholars (see: www.dfg.de). \nThe German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt foundation (AvH) support individuals. Beside some other important tasks, the DAAD awards grants and scholarships to talented foreign and German students, graduates, PhD-candidates and scholars (see: www.germany.org.tw/daad and www.daad.de). \nThe AvH grants research fellowships and research awards to highly qualified post-doctorate scholars, regardless of their nationalities and academic fields. The only selection criteria are the individual candidates' outstanding academic records. Initial sponsorship is followed by lifelong contacts. 33 Humboldt fellows received Nobel prizes at a later stage in their careers, which is indicative of the quality of the Humboldt Foundation selection process (see: www.humboldt-foundation.de).
SCHEDULE: The delegation is due to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen this morning and witness the signing of an MOU on bilateral health cooperation in the afternoon US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar yesterday arrived in Taipei aboard a US government plane at the head of a delegation that is the highest-level visit by a US official since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979. Azar’s flight landed at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) at 4:48pm, nearly one hour earlier than scheduled, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The apron where it landed is reserved for military aircraft, the Songshan Air Force Base Command said. The members of Azar’s delegation included HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, HHS Chief of Staff Brian
CHINESE FIGHTERS: Beijing marked the US Cabinet member’s visit by briefly sending two warplanes across the median line of the Taiwan Strait yesterday morning President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday met with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar in the highest-level official meeting between the two nations since 1979. “It is a true honor to be here to convey a message of strong support and friendship from [US] President [Donald] Trump to Taiwan,” Azar said during the open portion of his courtesy call to the Presidential Office, which was streamed live online before Tsai and Azar held a closed-door meeting. “Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent,
PARTNERSHIP AND LEARNING: A Princeton University health policy researcher said that the nation would be a ‘treasure trove’ of information for the US health chief US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Friday said he wants to learn about Taiwan’s “incredibly effective” response to COVID-19, even though the nation did things that the US has fumbled, such as having a unified strategy and citizens willing to wear masks. Azar leads a US delegation arriving today for a three-day visit to Taiwan. They are to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and health system leaders, and Azar is to give a speech to public health graduates. “The message of this trip is about Taiwan,” Azar said in an interview, deflecting a question about China.
Taiwanese-independence advocates yesterday accused former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of breaking national security laws and called on the judiciary to investigate after his statement that “China will wage a battle, which will be quick and will be the last battle for Taiwan.” Ma showed his true colors “as a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party” in his speech on Monday when he said the “first battle will be the last,” Taiwan Republic Office (台灣國辦公室) director Chilly Chen (陳峻涵) said. “Ma is threatening Taiwanese by claiming that Beijing will launch a quick invasion of Taiwan, but that the US military will have no