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NSC celebrates 10-year alliance with Canadian council

PARTNERSHIP Under a new agreement, five types of scientific program would be run for the mutual benefit of both countries projects

By Meggie Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

The National Science Council (NSC) and Canada's National Research Council (NRC) yesterday celebrated their 10th year of collaboration in science and innovation.

At a press conference in Taipei, NSC and NRC extended their relationship by signing a five-year renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding.

"The new deal places emphasis on technological developments in the environment, energy and health," NSC Minister Chien-jen Chen (陳建仁) said.

So far the NSC-NRC collaboration has resulted in 379 articles being published, the development of 17 patents and the grant ing of two licenses, NSC Secretariat Section Chief Wang Li-chen (王儷珍) told the media, citing a magnesium alloy research project that successfully led to the development of lighter, more eco-friendly motor vehicles as an example.

"Canadian companies have also provided technical support for local projects such as the wind damper in Taipei 101, and the mechanical engineering system on the Neihu MRT line," Canadian Trade Office in Taipei media officer Sylvia Yan (嚴文君) said.

Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) lauded the fruitful results, adding that, "Taiwan's level of innovation was predicted to be second in Asia by the UK's Economist Intelligence Unit from this year to 2011. During my 2002 visit to Canada I was deeply impressed by their advanced research and technology."

"The agreement will pave the way to a brighter future for both Taiwan and Canada," he said.

Under the agreement umbrella, five types of scientific programs would take place for the mutual benefit of Taiwan and Canada, including technical workshops, collaborative research projects, eminent research exchange programs, exchanges of access to scientific data banks and exchange student training programs.

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