Taiwan Alumni Association in Palau (TAAP) held its 11th Annual Convention on December 20 at Sea Passion Hotel. This year, around 80 people attended the convention, including Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Palau Jessica C. Lee, President Surangel S. Whipps, Vice President J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior, Reklai Raphael Ngirmang, Minister of Education Dr. Dale Jenkins, Minister of State Mr. Gustav Aitaro, Vice Speaker Lucio Ngiraiwet, President of the TAAP Mr. Raynold Mechol, TAAP members, staff from Taiwan Embassy and Taiwan Technical Mission.

Remarks by President Surangel S. Whipps

President Surangel S. Whipps expressed his gratitude to Taiwan for the assistance in higher education to cultivate more talents in Palau. The President’s Office just hired two newly-graduated employees from Taiwan this year. Their outstanding performance once again proved the high quality education in Taiwan. President Whipps also stated that this year’s MOFA Scholarship and the ICDF Scholarship Programs reached a new record of 16 recipients. He looks forward to another record high in 2022.

High Chief Reklai reminded the young people history taught us that education is the most fundamental strategy for a country to cope with external crises. Palau’s best friend Taiwan has been helping Palau to cultivate talents for many years. With a long-term vision, Taiwan not only concerned about degree education but also life-long learning opportunities. Taiwan provides workshops and training programs to assist Palau for capacity building. These workshops and training programs equipped Palau to solve many challenges. These assistance has an indelible contribution to the development of Palau. It is believed that the relationships between Palau and Taiwan will deepen mutual understanding through young students and continue to grow stronger.

Remarks by Ambassador Jessica C. Lee

Ambassador Jessica C. Lee said that human capital is the single most critical resource for national development. Taiwan government continues to invest in creating a better environment for higher education and is willing to share the experience with allies. Through MOFA and ICDF scholarships, as well as other short-term training programs, Taiwan is proud to partner with the government of Palau for investment in national talents. She thanked the members of TAAP to choose Taiwan as their education destination. She will take up the challenge of President Whipps and provide more scholarship opportunities next year.

In his remarks, the Minister of Education Dr. Dale Jenkins expressed his gratitude to Taiwan for investing in Palau’s talent cultivation and creating more high-quality human resources for Palau.

Remarks by High Chief Reklai

The embassy presented an overall review of the TAAP members’ study. The majors of degree: 27% of business administration and trade, 14% of international relations, 13% of medical and health care, 10% of information technology; 63% of the graduates worked in the government after returning to Palau, 23% worked in private companies, and 8% worked in NGOs.

Three graduates shared their studying in Taiwan. Ms. Sachi Singeo and Mr. Kenley Kenneth both currently work in the President’s Office. Ms. LaTricia Skiwo works at the Palau National Hospital with master’s program of the National Taipei University of Nursing and Health. Students who are studying in Taiwan filmed their life in Taiwan and sent greetings to their family and friends.

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