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Taiwan offers Chinese language courses at Philippines' university

2018/02/23 14:12:41

Manila, Feb. 23 (CNA) A Taiwan-sponsored education center started a series of Chinese language and culture courses at the Trinity University of Asia in the Philippines Thursday, with the objective of promoting exchanges between both countries.

Taiwan's representative to the Philippines Gary Lin (林松煥) said during the official commencement ceremony that the goal of this educational exchange, which is part of the President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration's New Southbound Policy, is to foster familiarity and friendship between Taiwan and the Philippines.

Lin noted that while the two are neighbors, historically there has been a lack of understanding and exchange.

These new educational courses will have a far reaching impact, not only boosting Chinese language learning but also encouraging societal and economic growth in the country, making it a new milestone in Taiwan-Philippines relations, he said.

The Taiwan Education Center Philippines, operated by National Sun Yat-sen University to promote quality Chinese language education in the Southeast Asian country, will offer courses to train Chinese language instructors as well as Chinese language experience courses that incorporate traditional holidays such as the upcoming Lantern Festival on March 2.

Currently, more than 300 people have signed up to attend the courses.

President Wilfred Tiu of the university said the institution will become a training center for Chinese language instructors in the Philippines, as well as a school that will look to strike partnerships with universities in Taiwan for more exchanges and collaboration.

He hoped that the new courses will enable teachers and students in the Philippines to become more competitive in the global market.

At the conclusion of the commencement ceremony, representatives of the Taiwan Education Center Philippines and Trinity University of Asia signed a memorandum of understanding to promote Taiwan-Philippines educational exchanges.

(By Emerson Lim and Kuan-lin Liu)
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