OCAC Director-General Shu-Hwa Wong (fifth individual from left in front row) and JUST Dean I-Chen Monica Hu (fourth individual from left in front row) joined the trainees for a photo.
"2016 Floral Art and Tea Craft Training Course" hosted by Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) was organized by Jinwen University of Science and Technology (JUST). The opening ceremony was held on October 31 at City Suites' Taipei Nandong Branch. The ceremony was co-chaired by OCAC's Department of Overseas Chinese Business Director-General Shu-Hwa Wong and JUST College of Hospitality & Tourism Management Dean I-Chen Monica Hu. 44 trainees from 14 countries around the world took part in the course. The seminar featured floral art designs and applications, an introduction on the art of tea, the setup of formal tea gatherings, an introduction on materials, and the use of implements. The trainees also visited tea factory of Tse Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation, Yingge Ceramics Museum, and a wholesale market for tea and floral art utensils.
On behalf of OCAC, Director-General Wong extended a warm welcome to the trainees for returning to Taiwan and joining the course. He noted that both tea and floral arts have high potentials in becoming part of a spiritually-enriching cultural and creative economy. The course featured a stellar lineup of veteran lecturers from the industries and academia, who mentored the trainees on the cultural concepts behind the two art genres, and courses on business startups. Site visits were arranged as well to companies specializing in floral and tea arts, in hopes of giving trainees a fulfilling experience. He also encouraged trainees to travel across Taiwan for more sightseeing, experience the progressive development that marks Taiwan over the years. He asked trainees to apply what they learned when returning to their places of residence, explore new business frontiers, upgrade their business management knowhow, promote Taiwan and her specialized economies, and put Taiwan in the international spotlight.