AIT to mark Fulbright Taiwan Day in November

08/01/2021 10:08 PM
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Photo courtesy of AIT
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Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Sunday it will celebrate "Fulbright Taiwan Day" on Nov. 15 as part of the 75th anniversary of the international Fulbright Program.

In a press statement, AIT said that throughout 2021, all Fulbright partners and supporters worldwide are celebrating the Fulbright 75th anniversary with a range of activities.

"In conjunction with the International Education Week, AIT will celebrate the 'Fulbright Taiwan Day' on November 15," the institute said.

The program for the "Fulbright Taiwan Day" celebrations has not yet been publicized by AIT, which represents United States interests in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

According to AIT, the Fulbright Program was established in 1946 as the U.S. government's flagship international educational and cultural exchange program, in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Taiwan Program, meanwhile, was set up in 1957 and is administered by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE), which comprises 10 American and Taiwanese board members, AIT said.

Over the past six decades, Fulbright has sent more than 2,000 Taiwan awardees to the U.S. and brought more than 2,000 Americans to Taiwan, AIT said.

In Taiwan, the Fulbright alumni include former Vice Premier and Minister of Finance Paul Chiu (邱正雄), former Premier Jiang Yi-Huah (江宜樺), founder of Cloud Gate Dance Theater Lin Hwai-Min (林懷民), and Director of the National Performing Arts Center Ju Tzong-Ching (朱宗慶), according to AIT.

Internationally, the Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize recipients, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 39 government leaders, AIT said.

(By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim)

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