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Immigration agency, college partner to serve Japanese tourists

2012/06/05 19:27:24

Taipei, June 5 (CNA) Taiwan's immigration authorities and Soochow University launched a partnership on Tuesday, allowing the school's Japanese-language majors to work as interns serving tourists from Japan at Taipei International Airport, in light of the increased influx of travelers from that country.

Under the internship program, Japanese-language majors from the university will help tourists from Japan at the airport, which receives travelers mainly from Japan and South Korea.

The program also allows university students from other disciplines, such as political science, sociology and social work, to intern at the agency's Taipei service station, helping foreigners with paperwork.

The new partnership was inspired by the warm reception Korean-language majors from Chinese Culture University received at the airport, said Lin Jui-hsun, an official of the Border Affairs Corps under the National Immigration Agency (NIA). NIA Director-General Hsieh Li-kung and the university president Pan Wei-ta signed the partnership agreement at the school's branch in downtown Taipei. Pan expressed his gratitude to the agency for the opportunity and encouraged students to consider a career serving foreigners in the government. Hsieh said the agency welcomed students interested in serving foreigners to apply for internships at airports near where they lived, such as the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and the Taichung Airport. (Johnson Sun and Scully Hsiao)