THE Taiwan Alumni Association (TAA) in the Philippines, the organization of Filipino scholars who used to study, do research, or teach in Taiwan, held its 2013 gathering on November 16 at Shang Palace, Makati Shangri-La.
Members of the TAA in the Philippines are previous recipients of Ph.D, M.A., and Mandarin Language scholarships offered by the ROC (Taiwan) Ministry of Education (MOE) through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines (TECO).
Minister Samson T.L. Chang, Deputy Representative of TECO, was invited to give the opening remarks. On behalf of TECO, he firstly sent warmest regards to the attendees and hoped that the gathering would set an excellent precedent for the organization’s future projects. He further pointed out that Taiwan and the Philippines could learn from each other and that the TAA in the Philippines could function as a bridge between the two countries to enhance mutual understanding and cultivate genuine friendship.
Minister Chang also extended his condolence and sympathy to the victims devastated by the November 8 Super Typhoon Haiyan. He mentioned that, on November 10, the Taiwan government announced to donate $200,000 in humanitarian aid. Further, from November 12 to 14, it also had dispatched 12 military cargo planes, transporting 100 tons of relief materials donated by Taiwan’s charitable organizations to Cebu, fully demonstrating that Taiwan is an exporter of compassion. Minister Chang said he sincerely hoped that the rescue and recovery operations would go smoothly, and that the victims could soon return to their normal lives.
During the event, the scholars had all expressed their gratitude to the Taiwan government and TECO for scholarships. Many of the TAA members currently work for the Philippine government, teach at universities, and lead their very own companies.
In line with Taiwan’s mission to strengthen its educational linkages with the Philippines, 15 Filipinos are given the opportunity to go to Taiwan and study in the university of their choice yearly. Since 1996, over 100 Filipinos from various fields of expertise have already been granted these scholarships by TECO.