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German Institute names Taiwanese as honorary director in Kaohsiung

2018/07/21 20:26:44

Picture taken from German Institute Taipei's Facebook page.

Taipei, July 21 (CNA) The German Institute Taipei has named a Taiwanese professor to be the honorary director in Kaohsiung to help promote economic and cultural ties between the two countries.

Tseng Tse-fong (曾梓峰), a professor at the Graduate Institute of Urban Development and Architecture at National University of Kaohsiung, has been named honorary director of the German Institute in Kaohsiung effective July 20, the institute said Friday in a Facebook post.

At a ceremony that day in Kaohsiung, Martin Eberts, director-general of the German Institute Taipei, presented a certificate of appointment to Tseng.

The main job of the honorary director will be to assist in promoting economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries, and will not involve consular affairs, the institute said.

Tseng, who holds a doctorate in architecture from Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, is currently president of the Association of Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Friends Taiwan.

After Friday's ceremony, Tseng told CNA that he hopes to strengthen the cultural, academic and economic exchanges between Taiwan and Germany.

He said Taiwan can learn much from Germany in the areas of energy, artificial intelligence and industry automation, also known as Industry 4.0.

Teng said that since his return from Germany in 1994 after his studies, he has been heading delegations of local professionals and government groups on visits to Germany annually to learn about that country's urban development efforts.

There is a lot of room for cooperation, especially between Germany and southern Taiwan, in terms of energy development, he said.

(By Elaine Hou and Ko Lin)