Taipei, April 8 (CNA) A delegation led by Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (???) to recruit overseas Taiwanese and foreign talent for local scientific research and university positions concluded its four-city tour of the United States on Saturday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Science and Technology Sunday.
The seminars held to tout the talent recruiting incentives -- Young Scholar Fellowship Program and Yushan Project -- in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston from April 1 to April 7, attracted more than 500 participants, the ministry said.
The delegation is composed of principals and vice principals representing 10 top local universities who discussed related issues with attendees of the seminars, it said.
Chen said in the statement that the tour, co-launched by the Ministry of Education, was aimed at reaching out to young and gifted overseas Taiwanese or international talent to encourage them to consider Taiwan as a destination for research or an academic career.
Taiwan is at a critical juncture in promoting technological progress and national development which requires a greater pool of talent from abroad to facilitate transformation, Chen said.
During the trip in the U.S., the delegation also exchanged views with academic institutions to explore the possibility of further cooperation between two countries, he added.
On the final leg of the trip in Boston, the delegation met with representatives from several Taiwanese academic communities, including BTBA-Boston Taiwanese Biotechnology Association and Monte Jade New England and Taiwanese students at MIT Sloan School of Management.
The tour also demonstrated the government's determination to improve the nation's scientific research infrastructure for quality research, while encouraging young talent to put down roots in Taiwan and develop to their full potential, the statement said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel