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University of Toronto President's Visit Highlights Canada-Taiwan Potential

Dr. David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto, visited Taiwan this week to meet with government, university and private sector officials to identify opportunities for collaboration in higher education and research.

The outcomes include Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) signed with National Taiwan University and National Tsinghua University covering student exchanges and university-to-university research and faculty collaboration. An MOU was also signed with Taiwan's Quanta Research Institute to further explore collaboration in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT).

Dr. Naylor's itinerary included meetings with Minister of Education Dr. Chiang Wei-ling, Academica Sinica, National Tsinghua University, National Health Research Institute and Industrial Technology Research Institute. Dr. Naylor also co-hosted an alumni reception held at the residence of Scott Fraser, Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) where President Naylor met with several exceptional UofT alumni, including Taiwan's former Premier Liu Chao-shiuan.

According Executive Director Fraser, “Dr. Naylor's visit underscores the further potential to be realized from closer collaboration between Canada and Taiwan in higher education and research.”

Taiwan is one of Canada's top international partners for high-end research and innovation. Complementary research environments with strong people-to-people links facilitate this collaboration across a number of leading sectors such as biotechnology, medical devices and ICT.

President Naylor’s visit is the third delegation from the University of Toronto to Taiwan in the last 18 months. It is also the latest in a series of recent visits to Taiwan by several of Canada’s top universities and colleges including the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, the University of Waterloo, and the University of Ottawa.

“In the last 18 months alone,” said Executive Director Fraser, “we have seen more Canadian educational institutions visit Taiwan than ever before.”

Increasingly, Taiwan's students are looking to Canada as a high-quality, safe and cost-effective alternative to other study destinations. Canadian universities and colleges offer internationally-recognized credentials, giving students a competitive edge in the global marketplace. Canada's hugely popular International Experience Canada (working holiday) program is also attracting young Taiwanese who want a flexible option for obtaining overseas work experience, while travelling and undertaking short-term studies.

This month there are a number of education fairs across Taiwan featuring high-quality Canadian schools. To learn more about what Canada has to offer, visit The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT)


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