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Taiwan (ROC) Ambassador Vanessa Shih was Invited to Share Precious Experience at the “Public Diplomacy Camp”, NCHU

2020-12-07
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Source: Pin Tzu Huang, Office of International Affairs, NCHU/Translated by Adam Shih

On 23 November 2020, National Chung Hsing University and the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (IDIA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly organized the “Public Diplomacy Camp”. Ambassador Vanessa Shih of IDIA was invited to share her precious diplomatic experience, enjoyable facts, and her personal life story when stationed abroad.

Ambassador Shih’s presentation to a rapt audience was on the 6th floor of the NCHU library. The conference room was restricted to accommodate 150 people to guard against the spread of COVID-19, with the middle seat kept free to ensure that audience members are socially distanced. The “Public Diplomacy Camp” was directed to local government, young students, and social elites. The main purpose is to teach them the core values of diplomatic missions, to encourage young adults to practice the ideas they were preached and, most of all, to break through current diplomatic dilemmas for Taiwan. Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs, Professor Kuo-Chih Liao, Director of the Division of International Education, and Professor Wen-Ling Deng, Director of the Division of Foreign Student Affairs, were in attendance.

Ambassador Shih graduated from the Department of Diplomacy, National Chengchi University. Her accomplishments include serving as the Director of the Government Information Office of the Executive Yuan, Administrative Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representative of the Republic of China in Austria and Singapore, Secretary of the Representative Office of the Republic of China in the USA, and Chief Representative of the Republic of China in Australia. Ambassador Shih, who is a lively and outgoing person, said that diplomacy is a unique profession concerned with “bonding”, and that she encourages foreign guests to participate in karaoke, which is not only a lively and enjoyable activity, but also a way to reduce the gap between people through singing and epicure, the languages shared by everyone. During her stay in Austria, many Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) were negotiated and signed, which has made a significant contribution to progressive cooperation between Taiwan and Austria.

Ambassador Shih mentioned that it was fortunate of her to fill the passion and energy for work constantly, and encouraged students who are interested in diplomacy to make friends and build networks that may be fruitful and useful in times of need. Yi-Cheng Li, a former 2019 Youth Ambassador for Agriculture, spoke at the conference and expressed his desire to pursue a career in diplomacy in the future, and how he greatly benefited from this experience that broadened his international experience.

Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs, expressed her gratitude to Ambassador Shih on behalf of the university, presented a gift of school-made soy sauce, rice and turmeric, thanked the organizers of the event, the Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Association of Small & Medium Enterprises, R.O.C. (NASME), and for providing all members of NCHU with a rare and unforgettable opportunity to listen to a wonderfully shared experience.
Group photo of participants.

Group photo of participants.

A gift was presented by Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs,  to Ambassador Vanessa Shih.

A gift was presented by Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs, to Ambassador Vanessa Shih.

Ambassador Vanessa Shih presented a certificate of appreciation to Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs.

Ambassador Vanessa Shih presented a certificate of appreciation to Professor Chia-Lin Chang, Vice-President for International Affairs.

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