Taipei-The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said Friday it will launch an education month in September as part of its yearlong celebration of 40 years of friendship and partnership between the United States and Taiwan.
Since the start of the year, the AIT@40 campaign has been holding monthly events under various themes that highlight the current nature of U.S.-Taiwan relations.
"In honor of AIT@40 Education Month, AIT will host a series of events celebrating the strong educational ties between the United States and Taiwan," it said in a statement Friday.
These events will include exhibits, seminars, conferences, workshops, visits by U.S. scholars and an international education fair, the AIT said.
As part of the program, an international workshop on Defending Democracy through Promoting Media Literacy will be held September 10-11, with the aim of examining the ways in which disinformation influences elections, the AIT said, noting that major elections are due in both Taiwan and the U.S. next year.
Other events will include a Sept. 5-26 exhibition titled "Strong Foundation, Bright Future: AIT@40, U.S.-Taiwan Relations since 1979"; and a reunion of alumni of a U.S. government exchange program on Sept. 6, which will feature keynote addresses by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre Founder Lin Hwai-Min (???) and AIT Director Brent Christensen.
"U.S.-Taiwan education cooperation extends beyond just cooperation in schools to lifelong and professional learning opportunities," the AIT said.
Meanwhile, the annual U.S.-Taiwan Consultations on Democratic Governance in the Indo-Pacific Region will open on Sept. 12 to coordinate policy and create joint programming to promote democratic institutions and the rule of law throughout the region, the AIT said.
Also on Friday, the AIT announced that Randall Nadeau will be the new executive director of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange in Taiwan (Fulbright Taiwan).
"As executive director of one of the largest Fulbright Programs in the Indo-Pacific Region, Dr. Nadeau will facilitate hundreds of educational exchange opportunities every year between the United States and Taiwan," the AIT said, noting that the Fulbright Program is U.S. State Department's flagship academic exchange program.
Taiwan and the U.S. are currently marking the 40th anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), which was signed into American law in 1979, a few months after the U.S. switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing.
The AIT, the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan, was established that the same year, in accordance with TRA, a U.S. domestic law that defines the non-diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel