Female managers increase
The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan reached 98,000 last year, an increase of 58 percent from the 62,000 in such positions a decade ago, according to a survey released yesterday by the Council of Labor Affairs. The survey on gender differences in the labor market found that 23.2 percent of managers, lawmakers or local council members are now women, an increase from 16.3 percent 10 years ago. Last year, there were more female managers in Taiwan than in Japan (11.1 percent) and South Korea (11 percent), while Singapore had 35.8 percent and the US had 43.7 percent. More than 47 percent of the nation’s professional and technical workers were women last year, slightly higher than in Japan, South Korea and Singapore, but lower than in the US, the council said. It attributed the increasing number of female managers to improvements in education among women and the promotion of the Gender Equality in Employment Act (性別工作平等法), which was modified in 2011.
Zoo to showcase elephants
Taipei Zoo said it will showcase elephants next month and ask senior citizens to help spread information about the need for elephant conservation. The month-long campaign will include an event on Oct. 12 in which 200 people aged 60 or older will be asked to interact with the zoo’s four elephants, zoo spokesman Chao Ming-chieh (趙明杰) said. Chao said the event was timed to coincide with the Double Nine Festival on the following day — the ninth day of the ninth month on the lunar calendar — when the public is encouraged to pay respects to the elderly. “Elephants are generally long-lived, which makes them kind of like the senior members in our own homes,” Chao said. During the event, participants will be given guided tours featuring elephants, Chao said.
Kaohsiung to pick winner
The Greater Kaohsiung Government is reviewing the 10 finalists in a fashion design competition to select a garment representative of the municipality that will be featured during the 2013 Asia-Pacific Cities Summit (APCS) next week. The winner of the “Kaohsiung clothes” competition will be announced tomorrow. Copies of the winning design will be given to the summit’s participants to wear at the event’s closing ceremony. Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) said the city government hopes to use the summit as an opportunity to support local designers and promote the city’s cultural and creative industries. The summit opens on Monday and runs through Wednesday, with mayors and civic leaders from more than 100 cities around the world expected to attend. The theme of the summit is “Reshaping the Urbanomics of Cities — City Challenges and City Solutions.”
Fourth Indian center opened
The government is seeking to expand higher education exchanges with India though the establishment of a fourth Taiwan Education Center that was opened on Wednesday in the city of Chennai. The new center, established by National Tsing Hua University with the backing of the Ministry of Education, is located at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. A teacher is expected to arrive in Chennai by the end of the month to start giving Chinese language lessons. Seven other language teachers are already stationed at the three other centers, which are located at O.P. Jindal Global University in Haryana State, Amity University in Uttar Pradesh state and Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.