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Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

2023-06-12
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The Ministry of Education (MOE) organized the "Taiwan-US Education Administrative Directors International Exchange Forum" at National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan to discuss the potential for future cooperation between Taiwan and the United States.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Education Department of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco, MOE have hosted a series of visits by senior education officials of different US states. NCHU served as the host institution. The visiting delegation arrived at the university on 7 June 2023 to participate in the forum. Invitations were extended to representatives from the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, MOE; the K-12 Education Administration, MOE; the Taichung City Education Bureau; and administrators from various levels of primary and secondary schools in Taichung City. During the forum, in-depth discussions and exchanges took place between the American visitors and the Taiwanese participants to explore possibilities for future cooperation.

Dr. Michaela West Miller, Deputy Superintendent of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); Dr. Cathleen Louise Skinner Director of World Languages Other than English, Oklahoma State Department of Education; Ms. Stacy Lyon, Director of Utah Chinese Dual Language Immersion, Utah State Department of Education; Mr. Michael Davies-Hughes Superintendent Humboldt County Office of Education; Ms. Antoinette Hallam, English Learner/Foreign Language Consultant of Wyoming Department of Education Standards & Assessment Division and Mr. Brett Thielbar, Principal of Dual Language Immersion Program of Paradise Valley Elementary, Wyoming Natrona County Schools, shared the current status and characteristics of K-12 Education in the US and their international education experience.

On the Taiwanese side, representatives from the Department of International and Cross-strait Education, the K-12 Education Administration, and the Taichung City Education Bureau delivered presentations on Mandarin language policies, bilingual education, and the current progress of related initiatives. The invited primary and secondary schools, including Chung-Kang High School, Chung-Ming High School, Li-Ren Junior High School, Xi-Nan Junior High School, Nei-Pu Elementary School, and Du-Xing Elementary School, had their principals introduce their schools' bilingual resources, international education programs, and distinctive teaching approaches. After the presentations from both sides, the participants engaged in group discussions on three aspects¬, Taiwan-US education policies, bilingual instruction, and English education. These discussions aimed to deepen mutual understanding and explore further possibilities for international exchange and cooperation.

Dr. Chia-Lin Chang, vice president for international affairs at NCHU, said that the forum would help to promote official ties between the education bureaus and schools in Taiwan and the education departments of various US states. It would also facilitate the promotion of educational exchanges at the primary and secondary school levels. The establishment of official links is crucial to the strengthening of bilingual education and can bring significant benefits.

Dr. Fuh-Sheng Shieu, President of NCHU, hosted a banquet for the visiting guests and said that the forum would not only deepen the interaction between the education sectors of Taiwan and the US, but also enhance the educational experience and international exchanges between the two countries. He hoped that NCHU would take the lead in assisting primary and secondary schools in Taichung to establish partner schools with those in America, which in turn would create more opportunities for future international exchange and cooperation.
Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

Taiwan-US Education Forum Takes Center Stage, Sparking Discussions on Potential Educational Collaborations

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