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Taiwan, Mexico sign agreement to set up Taiwan Academy

2012/04/19 18:16:26

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Officials from a prestigious university in Mexico signed recently an agreement Thursday to form a partnership with the Taiwan Academy to promote Chinese culture with Taiwanese characteristics in the North American country.

Andrea Lee, Taiwan's representative to Mexico, and Humberto Veras Godoy, president of the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State in the City of Pachuca, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides, and Lee said in a speech to mark the occasion that he will provide assistance with enhancing cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Taiwan is Mexico's seventh-largest source of imports and its ninth-largest export trading partner, Lee said, adding that Taiwanese high-tech firms have invested over US$600 million and have created around 30,000 jobs in the country.

In the field of education, meanwhile, Taiwan has been providing scholarships to more than 160 Mexican students each year allowing them to study in Taiwan, he said.

During the speech, Lee also encouraged students to overcome the language barrier to improve their international vision and become a new generation of world citizens.

The university, which was founded in 1869, is the oldest public university in the state and has an enrollment of 44,000 students.

The Taiwan Academy is a project initiated by President Ma Ying-jeou to spread Chinese culture with unique Taiwanese characteristics throughout the world. The first three academies were opened in the U.S. cities of New York, Houston and Los Angeles last October.

(By Maia Huang)