Former vice president Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) plans to collaborate with National Chengchi University to promote a new international exchange program by leading a delegation of selected students to visit international organizations.
Announcing the collaboration yesterday, Siew said that the students would participate in internship programs organized by a variety of organizations, including the US Congress, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN and the EU.
The program, which is still in the planning stage, will be aimed at providing more opportunities for students to participate in international activities, said Jason Chan (詹志禹), the Department of Education dean at National Chengchi University.
Siew, who graduated from the Department of Diplomacy at the university, unveiled the plan at an event to mark the 87th anniversary of the school’s establishment in Taiwan.
During the event, Siew was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university, the sixth he has been granted so far.
Siew said that given the high number of international students at the university, it should do more to promote international exchanges among young people.
Therefore, he will work with the school to push for more young people to engage in international internships or exchange programs, he said.
Chan said that Siew has contributed greatly to international trade and international relations and has established good ties with international organizations.
People often lack opportunities to visit international organizations or participate in internship programs, Chan said, adding that he hopes that through the international training program, Taiwanese young people will be able to enhance and broaden their international vision.
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