Taiwanese educators showcase recycling efforts

03 June 2024 09:57

Center for Green Economy

New Orleans - Taiwanese, American, and Czech delegates to the recent NAFSA 2024 in the United States discussed advancing circular economies between their countries. Representatives from the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan, or FICHET, showcased their recycling efforts and other programs at the event.

Taiwanese educators showcased their efforts to advance circular economies at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana between May 29 and 31.

Nearly 10,000 delegates from 100 countries attended the event whose theme was "Resilience. Renewal. Community." Led by FICHET Chairperson Cheng-Chih Wu, 40 people representing 20 Taiwanese universities and other institutions attended.

The Taiwanese pavilion’s theme was Technology Island. Highlighting blue and green hues that symbolized innovation, the pavilion features key technologies in Taiwan that promote circular economies as well as semiconductors, artificial intelligence, space satellites, and healthcare.

“This emphasized Taiwan's commitment to advancing higher education in alignment with global technological development and its determination to contribute to the international community,” said a May 28 press release.

FICHET has extensive experience with circular economies. After studying at Taiwan’s Chang Jung Christian University through FICHET, for example, Indonesian student Christine Jonathan landed a job promoting circular economies, waste management, and similar issues.

Taiwan and the US have close ties in higher education, noted Wu. Taiwanese universities have signed 26 cooperation agreements with 24 American states, for example. Around 3,000 Americans study Mandarin in Taiwan, and the US hosts 66 Taiwan Centers for Mandarin Learning.

FICHET also organized a Taiwan-Czech Networking Event where officials from 12 Taiwanese and eight Czech universities discussed potential partnerships. ce/jd

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