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5 Taiwan universities sign MoU with UNISWA

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MBABANE – Five univer-sities from the Republic of China on Taiwan have signed a Memorandum of Under-standing with the University of Swaziland.

These are the reputable Taipei Medical University, the National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism and the Shih Chien University.

A delegation of the universities’ principals and Taiwan government officials led by Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of African Affairs) Mien-Sheng Hsu visited Premier Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini where they told him of their partnership with UNISWA. "Our main mission to Swaziland is on the education sector because we know that human resource is key to development. We are ready to cooperate with you to realise your dreams for the future. We know that Swaziland has financial problems but we will continue to assist you in all projects we are involved in," Hsu said.

He promised that there would be an increased provision of scholarships for Swazis to go and study in the Taiwan universities. "Presently there are seven Swazis studying in Taiwan, one of them is doing a PhD while the others are pursuing Masters degrees," Hsu said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister recognised that Taiwan has been a development partner of exceptional generosity to Swaziland.

"Taiwan has now been kind enough to provide resources for Swaziland to acquire technical equipment for our primary schools as well as teaching and learning materials for our Special Education Needs Project. This gift of in excess of US$1.2 million (about E8.4 million) will have a significant impact in areas of our education system that, year by year, are taking on a level of importance which our resources cannot match," the PM said. He said Taiwan’s objective of designing a programme of assistance that is tailor-made to the education needs of Swaziland would make a significant contribution to national development. The PM then thanked the Taiwanese for having given Her Majesty the Indlovukazi great care during her recent visit to Taiwan and said the Queen Mother harbours good memories of the visit.

The two countries also assured each other of continued mutual support in the international arena, especially with Taiwan’s bid to become a member of the United Nations and its various agencies.

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