Thu, Aug 05, 2004 - Page 3 News List

Foreign affairs training to get boost from institute

DIPLOMACY Taiwan's new Foreign Service Institute, although smaller than comparable institutes, is set to provide a wide range of training to diplomatic recruits

By Melody Chen  /  STAFF REPORTER

"I can write a whole book recording instances of China's oppression of Taiwan," he said.

However, Lo admitted it is difficult to teach diplomats how to respond to China's pressure in the institute's training programs.

How well Taiwanese diplomats can cope with China's maneuvers in many countries depends partly on their understanding of these countries' foreign policies, said Lo.

"It is good if they can learn from their jobs or their superiors' experiences," he added.

Lo is now considering opening a course on cross-strait affairs that would involve case studies.

New foreign service recruits have to spend three months in the Foreign Service Institute before formally starting work.

"Apart from training programs, the future Foreign Affairs Institute will also have sections responsible for policy research and international exchanges," Lo said.

Courses for new recruits cover a wide spectrum, including international relations, regional affairs, language lessons and crisis management. The trainees also have to develop some artistic expertise. The institute provides lessons on art, music, architecture, dancing and even golf.

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