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TaiwanICDF Talent ‘Show’ Your Best

TaiwanICDF Talent ‘Show’ Your Best

The 2018 TICA Cup talent show of the International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) was held on December 1 at the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, the first university to join Taiwan International Cooperation Alliance (TICA). There were nearly 480 foreign students from 21 TICA universities at the event, and the Ambassadors of Belize and Kiribati also attended the event.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the International Higher Scholarship Program. In the past the TICA Cup was held in the form of a sports competition; however this year it was conducted in the style of a talent show so that scholarships students can show their own country’s traditional culture. The event was broadcast live so that the students’ families could watch them in action, while also letting the people of Taiwan understand more about our allied countries and promoting cultural exchange. The event included 49 students from 18 countries including Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Eswatini, Kiribati, Indonesia and Colombia. Among them, students from St. Kitts and Nevis performed the traditional musical instrument steel pan, and the audience danced along with the rhythm. The venue was like a carnival. Students from Colombia and Kiribati wore chic traditional costumes and performed eye-opening dances that incorporated the characteristics of their countries.

TaiwanICDF organized this event to encourage scholarship students to express their talents and show their youthful vitality. They hope to strengthen the bond among foreign students and their ties to Taiwan. Belize Ambassador Diane Haylock congratulated the TaiwanICDF on the 20th anniversary of the scholarship program and thanked the Republic of China (Taiwan) government for providing scholarships to foreign students to pursue higher education in Taiwan. She hopes that these students from different countries and schools will seize this rare opportunity and work hard during their studies.

The TaiwanICDF International Higher Education Scholarship Program was initiated in 1998. The program provides full financial support for tuition and living expenses, and having grown in scope over the years, now covers 35 courses from 21 universities. These courses focus on the development needs of our partner countries by addressing issues such as tropical agriculture, aquatic sciences, business administration, information technology, human resource development, medicine and public health, or various fields of engineering. To date, a total of 59 countries and 2,083 students have received scholarships.

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  • Date:2018/12/24