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President calls for sinology cooperation with U.S. university

2012/06/11 15:44:12

Taipei, June 11 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that Taiwan Academy centers and the University of Maryland in the U.S. will work together on the promotion of sinology studies following an agreement signed in January.

The cooperation will also involve the promotion of and education in traditional Chinese characters, Ma said during a meeting with Wallace D. Loh, president of the university.

Taiwan has signed some 1,688 letters of intent since 2005 with renowned American universities, including University of Maryland, for cooperation in English teaching, Chinese studies and other areas, Ma said.

This shows that Taiwan and the U.S. have built extensive and deep ties, he added.

Taiwan Academy, Ma's brainchild, which serves as a cultural and language promotion body for Taiwan, currently has centers in New York, Texas and California.

Loh, born in Shanghai, became in 2010 the first person of Chinese descent to assume the presidency of University of Maryland. He has also served as the chief policy advisor to former Washington State Governor Gary Locke, who is currently the U.S. Ambassador to China.

(By Kelven Huang and Jamie Wang)