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Taiwan renews participation in global science, education program

2018/09/10 21:11:41

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Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Taiwan and the United States have signed an agreement renewing Taiwan's participation in an international science and education program, according to a press release issued Monday by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

The program is aimed at cultivating environmental stewardship, fostering intercultural understanding and facilitating scientific exchanges, the press release said.

The agreement to participate in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program for another five years was signed Aug. 14 by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. and AIT.

According to GLOBE's website, the program, which was launched by the U.S. in 1994, provides students and the public around the world with the opportunity to participate in data collection and scientific processes, to allow them to contribute meaningfully to the understanding of planet Earth and the global environment.

Taiwan, an active contributor to the worldwide community of 120 participating countries, joined the program in 2013, the press release said, adding that Taiwan has hosted international conferences, in addition to bringing in students from India, Thailand, the Philippines, Mongolia and Malaysia to collaborate on events.

Also recognized by fellow members for its contribution of data to the GLOBE scientific community, Taiwan was the sixth- and third- largest contributor in 2015 and 2016, respectively, according to the press release.

GLOBE Chairman Tony Murphy expressed hope that Taiwan can serve as a role model for the Indo-Pacific Region due to the country's "robust contributions," the press release noted.

(By Ku Chuan and William Yen)
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