Prof. Hsiao-Wei Yuan

Vice President for International Affairs, Office of International Affairs, National Taiwan University
Director, Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE)
Professor, School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University

Summer in Taiwan is often hot and humid. When I look back on my school days, summer was the most exciting among them. Because in the seemingly endless summertime, plenty of projects could be carried out without being interrupted by the trivial.

Many summers, I took part-time jobs at the cram school or at a fast food restaurant to earn money. In some others, I assisted senior colleagues in conducting their experiments or helping professors in lab works. After I went to graduate school, numerous summers were a vital time for me to collect data for my thesis.

This summer, you chose to come to Taiwan to undertake research in an artificial intelligence lab or green technology lab. I wonder how you shared with your friends about your participation in this program.

Did they cheer for you? Did they consider that you are excessively serious about life? Or were they impressed by your fearlessness making this decision?

I would like to congratulate you - it must be a unique and unforgettable summer experience for you due to the abundance of Taiwan - joining a high-end lab, making new amiable friends, experiencing the diverse and passionate Taiwanese culture, being immersed in the beauty of nature ... even I envy that you possess such a precious opportunity.

Stay diligent, enjoy it thoroughly, and seize the privilege of being young. I hope this summer will be blissfully engraved on your heart.

Warm regards, Prof. Hsiao-Wei Yuan Director
Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE)