Vice President Chen hopes that the participants in the Bridging Program can grow from their experiences and lessons learned and enrich themselves.
Minister Wu hopes that the trips have opened up new horizons for participants and that they will find new meaning in their life development.
This year’s Bridging Program saw 233 selected domestic university students take part.
The Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) held the 2019 Taiwan Youth and Overseas Compatriot Bridging Program during this summer vacation. The results presentation meeting was held on September 21 in which the 233 participants shared their experiences by video. Accompanied by OCAC Minister Wu Hsin-Hsing, Vice President Chen Chien-jen attended to witness the growth of the participating students.
Vice President Chen said that young people will be a key force in future national development. He hopes that the participants in the Bridging Program can grow from their experiences and lessons learned and that they can continually enrich themselves. Minister Wu stressed that the OCAC cares about how young people can be “based in Taiwan with eyes on the world.” He said that, through this Program, students can acquire in-depth knowledge of the promotion of overseas compatriot affairs work and how overseas compatriots speak up for Taiwan around the world.
The OCAC annually holds the Taiwan Youth and Overseas Compatriot Bridging Program to increase young people’s understanding of the government’s foreign affairs and overseas compatriot affairs work. The program aims to provide them opportunities to interact with the overseas compatriot community. This year’s Bridging Program saw 233 domestic university students go on seven-day visits to 33 regions in 18 countries on the six continents, where they stayed with local families and had an in-depth experience of local life.
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