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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

HEALTH

Drugs institute to be set up

China Medical University and Center Laboratories have signed a contract to establish the nation’s first drug manufacturing institute. The institute aims to remedy the labor shortage faced by drug manufacturers by serving as a bridge for students from a wide variety of backgrounds to enter the field. Students will be taught by both China Medical University professors and industry professionals, with training focusing on quality control, drug research and development, intellectual property and management. After the first year of courses, students are to intern with Center Laboratories to clarify their interests and ensure a smooth transition into their future work. The institute has already begun accepting applications, aiming to begin training 15 master’s and five doctoral students next year. After graduating, jobs at Center Laboratories will be arranged for all students.

TRANSPORTATION

New mobile MRT map out

Taipei Rapid Transit Corp yesterday released the latest route map for mobile devices detailing the expanded MRT network that now includes the new semicircular Songshan Line (松山線). The map shows all five lines with the names of the stations listed in Chinese and is aimed at making it easier for passengers to plan their routes, the company said. The map can be downloaded from: m.trtc.com.tw/metrotaipei.jpg. The 8.5km Songshan Line was inaugurated on Saturday last week and is an extension of the green Xindian Line (新店線). The new line runs from Xindian (新店) in New Taipei City to Ximen Station (西門) and then turns east through six other stations before ending at Songshan (松山). From west to east, the six stations are Beimen (北門), Zhongshan (中山), Songjiang Nanjing (松江南京), Nanjing Fuxing (南京復興), Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋) and Nanjing Sanmin (南京三民).

ECONOMICS

Taipei, Tokyo to sign MOUs

Taiwan and Japan are expected to sign four more memorandums of understanding (MOUs) after the conclusion of a bilateral annual economic meeting in Taipei, Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials said yesterday on the opening day of the summit. Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) told reporters on the sidelines of a legislative committee meeting that during the two-day economic meeting, the two sides are to discuss issues related to the four proposed MOUs, including one to promote tourism exchanges. The other MOUs cover the exchange of information on immigration, nuclear power safety and patent protection related to biotechnological research, a ministry official said. According to the ministry, Taiwan and Japan have signed 14 agreements since April 2009, including a working holiday agreement, an investment protection accord and a fishery agreement.

FOREIGN RELATIONS

Austria work holiday inked

Taiwan and Austria have signed a joint statement that paves the way for a reciprocal working holiday program that is expected to be launched by the end of this year at the earliest, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. The statement was signed a day earlier, the ministry said, adding that the working holiday program would be launched after the two countries complete follow-up procedures. Further details about the program will be announced once they are finalized, it said. Under the terms of the agreement, Taiwan and Austria will each allow an annual quota of 50 citizens aged 18 to 30 to travel and work in the opposite country for up to six months, the ministry said.

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