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New York center helps Taiwanese students find work

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA,NEW YORK

A special center aimed at helping Taiwanese students in the US find employment was officially opened on Wednesday by the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York.

The US Job Orientation Foundation, which is co-sponsored by Taiwanese entrepreneur Chen Chu-kuei (陳秋貴), is the first of its kind to be set up by one of the seven US-based Taiwanese cultural divisions under the Ministry of Education.

The center will initially serve an estimated 5,000 Taiwanese students in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Foundation executive commissioner Chu Yueh-mei (褚月梅) said 22 Taiwanese businesses have joined the center's program, providing work opportunities to Taiwanese students in the US.

"Professionals with a background in accounting, finance, civil engineering, mechanics, information sciences, marketing administration or medicine are needed," she said.

The center will help companies to find workers who can speak Mandarin, English and Hoklo, said Ku Ya-ming (顧雅明), chairman of the Flushing Chinese Business Association.

"This is a win-win situation," Ku said.

The Cultural Division said those who are interested could obtain more information from its Web site, www.edutwny.org, or write to newyork@edutwny.org, esther.c.cyang@hotmail.com or jeanhf40@yahoo.com. They can also telephone 1-212-317-7388 in New York.

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