Job fair targeting talent from Taiwan's allies to open in May

04/23/2021 04:20 PM
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Miguel Tsao / CNA photo April 23, 2021
Miguel Tsao / CNA photo April 23, 2021

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) A job fair focusing on students from allied countries and other emerging markets has been scheduled for May 29 in Taipei, a government-funded trade promotion organization said Friday.

The purpose of the job fair is to allow Taiwanese companies with overseas businesses and those planning to expand abroad to recruit talent with special language skills, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

Taiwanese investors are relatively unfamiliar with Taiwan's allies and emerging markets, despite their huge potential, Deputy Foreign Minister Miguel Tsao (曹立傑) said at an event held to launch the fair.

Meanwhile, TAITRA President Leonor Lin (林芳苗) said many enterprises have difficulty recruiting professionals who are fluent in less dominant foreign languages.

The government, therefore, will hold the job fair to help Taiwanese companies expand their markets and explore business opportunities abroad, Tsao said.

The fair, to be held at the Taipei International Convention Center, will specifically target international students in Taiwan from allied nations and other countries in Latin America and Africa, as well as those from the Middle East, according to TAITRA.

The students should have not only professional skills, but also foreign language ability and a good knowledge of their countries' culture and that of neighboring states, Tsao said.

Over the past eight years, more than 20,000 foreign students have opted to stay in Taiwan after completing their studies, according to Nicole Lee (李彥儀), a senior official at the Ministry of Education (MOE).

In 2018, the MOE built a Taiwan Alumni Database to keep track of the development of foreign graduates, and it has been providing information about job openings via its newsletters, Lee said.

Tuvalu Ambassador to Taiwan Limasene Teatu (first left)
Tuvalu Ambassador to Taiwan Limasene Teatu (first left)

(By Matt Yu and Teng Pei-ju)

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