An invitational group of 34 people from the World Federation of Taiwan Alumni Associations led by President Han Pao-Ting visited Taiwan September 17-22. The group took part in the Seminar on Overseas Compatriot Student Development Globally and in New Southbound Countries at the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) on September 21; OCAC Deputy Minister Kao Chien-chih chaired the meeting, accompanied by Chief Secretary Chang Liang-min. Although OCAC Minister Wu Hsin-shing did not chair the meeting, he specially arranged a farewell banquet for the visitors and served as witness of the handover on the outgoing president to the incoming 12th president of the Federation, Lee Ser-chong.
During the Seminar, on behalf of Minister Wu, Kao Chien-chih thanked the alumni leaders and officials from various places for their long-term effort to promote overseas compatriot student affairs; he stated Taiwan alumni associations across the world have, for many years, helped the government promote overseas compatriot student policy and with their own experience, assisted the OCAC with student recruitment, showing a spirit of “remembering the source when drinking water” that is admirable. As well as recruiting middle school graduates from Southeast Asia to come to Taiwan to study on the The 3+4 Vocational Education Program for Overseas Compatriot Students , the OCAC also simultaneously promotes the Overseas Youth Vocational Training Program to encourage students to come to Taiwan to learn a skill. This Seminar gave alumni association presidents a chance to share experience in the area of student recruitment, they were also able to learn about the situation with regard overseas Chinese students from various countries studying in Taiwan and also discuss how to recruit overseas compatriot students in ways that suit local conditions.
During the banquet, Minister Wu said that the OCAC and Ministry of Education have worked hard to provide complete guidance to students when they study in Taiwan and have relaxed related regulations, providing diverse enrollment channels, to encourage more overseas compatriot students to come to Taiwan to study. In addition, from this year, graduates of the Overseas Youth Vocational Training Program have been awarded a graduation certificate and, in the draft New Economic Immigration Act, the National Development Council has made graduates of The 3+4 Vocational Education Program for Overseas Compatriot Students and the Overseas Youth Vocational Training Program who hold related certificates eligible to stay in Taiwan to work after graduation and receive permanent residency, which will be of significant assistance in helping industry to upgrade. Finally, he also congratulated Ser-chong Lee on becoming president of the World Federation of Taiwan Alumni Associations and expressed the hope he can lead the Federation forward .
This grand occasion was also attended by Legislator Lin Li-chan, Ministry of Examination Political Deputy Minister Hsu Shu-hsiang, former ROC representatives in Malaysia, Luo You-chung and Chang Ji-ping, former ROC representatives in Brunei, Huang Ching-hsiung and Wan Jia-hsing, president of the Association of Overseas Compatriot Students in Taiwan, and university presidents etc.
2018 World Federation of Taiwan Alumni Associations New Southbound Invitation members photographed with President Tsai
Members photographed with the ROC vice president
Members photographed with OCAC Minister Wu
Handover by Han Pao-Ting (left) to Lee Ser-chong (right) witnessed by Minister Wu (middle)
Ko Chien-chih (5th on left,) Chang Liang-min (2nd on left,) Han Pao-Ting (4th on left), Lee Ser-chong (4th on right pictured with World Federation of Taiwan Alumni Associations officials