NTNU inks US teaching deal
National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) signed a partnership agreement yesterday with the Board of Education of the San Diego Unified School District in the US to provide Chinese-language teachers for a learning center set to open in September. The center, which will be the second of its kind in the US following the establishment of one in New York City, will focus on teaching Chinese. It has been initiated under a US government program to develop language learning. The US government has earmarked more than US$20 million for the program and about 20 teachers will be sent to the US for internships each year, the university said. San Diego has more than 200 schools, the university said, and more Taiwanese teachers are expected to go there to teach Chinese, math and science.
Military school pals reunited
A retired police officer has met up with a long-lost friend from military school through a book of drawings created by his daughter, who died of polio many years ago. Meeting at a train station in Chiayi yesterday, retired policeman Chang Chin-chi (張近志) and Chang Wei-fa (張惟發), who used to work in a military artillery-shell factory, talked of the memories they shared when both trained at the Republic of China Military Academy 64 years ago. The reunion was the result of a donation made to Chiayi Christian Hospital by Chang Chin-chi in 2010. Chang Chin-chi gave an illustrated book created by his daughter, who could only move three fingers, after she died at the age of 21. The Chiayi Christian Hospital, which had treated the girl, published the story on its Web site, which was later seen by Chang Wei-fa. The hospital then helped arrange for the two friends to meet after it was contacted by Chang Wei-fa’s son.