Thu, Aug 17, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Premier urges Cabinet to boost Taiwan's visibility

`STAND UP, STEP OUT' Premier Su Tseng-chang called on education officials to encourage student exchanges and said the foreign ministry needs more foreign friends

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taiwan should "stand up and step out," Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday told his fellow Cabinet members, adding that they should do more to raise Taiwan's international visibility.

The premier also called on the Ministry of Education to encourage more Taiwanese students to study abroad and to offer more attractive scholarships to lure more foreign students to study in Taiwan.

"The premier asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and related foreign affairs officials to step up their promotion of Taiwan through communication with the international community and to introduce Taiwan to more foreign friends," Cabinet Spokesman Cheng Wen-tsang (鄭文燦) said.

Cheng said that Su expressed concern about the shrinking number of Taiwanese students studying abroad.

"We urge the Ministry of Education to come up with more solutions to encourage more local students to study abroad," he said.

Cheng added that it would not be a problem if students chose to stay in a foreign country after they graduate.

"If they stay and contribute to the countries where they studied, they will also be promoting Taiwan and raising awareness among more people," he said.

Cheng said that the government always welcomes foreign students to the country, because these students could become the nation's best diplomats if they had a wonderful experience studying here.

The government would never deport any foreign student for no reason, he added.

"For instance, although Chad concluded its diplomatic relationship with us, we did not ask Chadian students to stop their lessons here and leave," Cheng said.

"On the contrary, we will help them finish their lessons and impress them with Taiwanese people's friendship," he said.

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