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Funding to promote Taiwan studies expanded to 11 more countries

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 12 June 2015

Taiwan’s Ministry of Education recently added 15 universities in 11 countries to the funding list of its "Taiwan Studies" project, seeking more international partnerships to promote worldwide research interest in Taiwan.


The 11 new countries include six nations and regions that have never offered Taiwan Studies courses or exchanges -- Belgium, South Korea, Israel, Vietnam, India and Macau -- the ministry said in a statement.


The MOE signed up 30 universities in nine countries between 2003 and 2014 to receive funding to promote Taiwan studies, which is defined as "interdisciplinary or academic research and teaching with institutional oversight on topics germane to the study of Taiwan."


Qualified universities with disciplines including but not limited to Sinology, East Asian Studies, and/or Chinese Studies are invited to submit proposals, the ministry said.


Proposed studies may focus on topical issues in the humanities and social sciences as well as on other areas of significant research and pedagogical interests.


The project provides funding for courses or academic activities on topics related to Taiwan, for scholarly visits and exchanges or publications on Taiwan, or for scholarships or building databases and archives related to Taiwan studies.


Funding is limited to one project per university. The maximum funding period for any approved project is five years, and the maximum funding available to any project in any one year shall not exceed US$100,000.


Hsin-hsuan Tsai (thh@taitra.org.tw)
Source: Focus Taiwan


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