Liang-Gee Chen, PhD

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
Greetings from the Minister

With the population of 23.7 million, Taiwan has long been a thriving innovation hub and technological powerhouse in the Asia Pacific. According to the 2019 Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Taiwan ranked fourth globally and first in Asia in innovation capacity. Along with other top ranking countries such as Germany, the United States and Switzerland, Taiwan is regarded as a “super innovator” given the technology competency and rising digital economy. The numbers undoubtedly reflect the important role Taiwan plays in global science community.

In the era of technology explosion, the intersection of humanity and technology gave an important wakeup call to the world where the next big trend of "people-oriented" technologies is realized. Taiwan is a great example of Small Country, Smart Strategy: relatively small in size, but enormously powerful in advanced technology and social innovation. To enhance such strategy, the Ministry of Science and Technology established the Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (MOST GASE) in November, 2018. The goals are to build an international cooperation platform, strengthen the connections and cooperation between Taiwan and the global communities, and mobilize local and foreign partners together to find solutions for future challenges.

Promoting talents is essential to the future development of science and technology. The 2020 MOST GASE Taiwan Global Talent Internship Program: Artificial Intelligence X Green Technology admitted limited number of young scholars from around the world to explore Taiwan’s most advanced technologies as super innovator. In line with global trends of digital economy and green energy industries, this internship program combines excellent faculty members from government, academia and industry, offering students options to either intern in leading national laboratories or in related prominent companies. This program is designed to deepen participants' understandings of Taiwan’s R&D capacity, and gain hands-on experience through practical application of these pioneering technologies.

It is all about learning by doing! I encourage you to keep your curiosity and creativity up because they are the most crucial factors to your future endeavors. I genuinely wish you an amazing experience working with scholars and talents in Taiwan throughout this eight-week internship. And make sure to seize this opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich culture and magnificent landscape of Taiwan, the beautiful “Formosa” island.

Warm regards, Liang-Gee Chen, PhD Minister
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan

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)