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Taiwan Academy

I. Objectives

Taiwan is a standard-beaver of traditional Chinese culture, and a beacon of democracy and freedom in the region of Asia Pacific. Of the many Asian countries and regions highly influenced by Chinese culture, Taiwan has best preserved and developed Chinese cultural resources, including sophisticated scholarship, historical archives, ancient artifacts, and traditional Chinese characters. Thanks in part to its advanced digital technologies, Taiwan has been successful in promoting research on Sinology.

Taiwan Academy aims to preserve and develop Chinese culture and to share this rich heritage, together with its achievements in modernisation, with the rest of the world.

Taiwan Academy is patterned after similar institutions set up by other culture-rich countries, such as the United Kingdom’s British Council, Germany’s Goethe Institute and France’s Alliance Française. To expand its educational efforts, Taiwan Academy seeks to engage in cooperation with interested partner countries.

II. Functions

  1. Taiwan Academy will offer the following:
    1. Information concerning Taiwan Scholarships and Fellowships provided by the government (about 1,250 recipients per year);
    2. Cultural lectures, exhibitions and presentations;
    3. Videos about Taiwan through electronic devices;
    4. Online courses on Chinese languages and culture;
    5. Access to digital references concerning the Geographic Information System database, Digital Archives of Famous Personages, Diplomatic Records, and Economic Records in Modern China, Taiwan Digital Meta-Library of the National Central Library, and other online programs sponsored by Academia Sinica;
    6. Access to digital materials from Taiwan’s museums, such as the National Palace Museum;
    7. Arrangements for the International Youth Ambassadors Plan;
    8. Arrangements for the International Youth Summer Camps in  Taiwan;
    9. Taiwan Tech Trek Program (Research Internship for Overseas Youth of Taiwan Origin)
    10. Others
  2. The personnel of Taiwan Academy will consist of regular staff officers and contracted local hires of the embassies and representative offices of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
  3. Name plaques of Taiwan Academy will be placed inside each relevant office building.
  4. The budget for Taiwan Academy will come from relevant government agencies in Taipei.

III. Contact Points

  1. The sister-universities of universities in Taiwan and other research institutes conducting Asian Studies will be invited to be contact points for Taiwan Academy. By partnering with internationally renowned universities, Taiwan Academy can establish an efficient global information network.
  2. Contact Points, as partners of Taiwan Academy, are to assist in passing on news announcements or press releases concerning Taiwan Scholarships and Fellowships and in organising seminars regarding Taiwan studies or Sinology.
  3. Rights of contact points:
    Contact Points have the right to be notified of all the latest news and information regarding Taiwan Academy. Whenever possible, they will have priority over other institutions for opportunities to engage in cooperation with Taiwan Academy. Moreover, they are welcome to open related courses and programs or set up relevant units or departments. Contact Points have the right to access certain teaching resources from Taiwan free of charge. These include teachers, books, resources of the Taiwan Research Seminar held by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and other subsidised and donated items. They can also use the archives of the future Digital Taiwan Academy, which contains materials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, valuable to research on diplomatic history. Contact points may also access related digital resources on Sinology compiled by Academia Sinica, the Center for Chinese Studies of the National Central Library, and the National Science Council.
  4. Obligations of Contact Points:
    Contact Points are obliged to display posters in their office and post news and update information on their websites regarding Taiwan Academy, Taiwan Scholarships and Fellowships.

For more information please contact:
Professor J. Bruce Jacobs
Professor of Asian Languages and Studies
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash University
PO Box 11A
Melbourne, Victoria 3800
Australia

Tel: IDD + (61 3) 9905 2233
FAX: IDD + (61 3) 9905 5437
Mobile: (0409) 500 413
Mobile from Overseas: IDD + (61 409) 500 413