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Taiwan, France sign MOU on Taiwan Studies Program

2017/10/21 22:04:53

Photo courtesy of Taipei Representative Office in France

Paris, Oct. 21 (CNA) Taipei Representative Office in France signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), establishing the first Taiwan Studies Program in the country.

The program will be set up at EHESS and provide several courses and seminars focused on the transformation of Taiwan society and national identity until 2020, said the office.

One semester will include a weekly 2-hour class, offer 12 study credits and can be attended by students enrolled in the master's and doctoral degree at EHESS.

French researcher and the program head associate professor Samia Ferhat hopes to encourage academics and specialists worldwide to participate as lecturers.

During the signing of the MOU, Ferhat also expressed her hopes that EHESS will ultimately establish a permanent Taiwan studies center.

Director of the Modern China Research Center at EHESS Xavier Paulès said the new program will provide opportunities for higher education institutes in France to learn more about Taiwan.

(By Tzeng Yi-shiuan and Isabel Wang)