Taiwan seeks more cooperation with U.K. in technology, science

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Photo courtesy of Science and Technology Division, Taipei Representative Office in the UK

Photo courtesy of Science and Technology Division, Taipei Representative Office in the UK

London, July 7 (CNA) Taiwan is seeking to strengthen cooperation with the United Kingdom in the fields of technology, the humanities and social sciences, with a visit to London by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Su Fong-chin (蘇芳慶) last week.

Su, heading a delegation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, visited the British Library July 5, where he held talks with chief library executive Roly Keating in an effort to seek to reinforce Taiwan's international cooperation in the areas of humanities and social sciences, according to the Taipei Representative Office in the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on ways to support start-up businesses after Keating noted that the British Library established a commercial and intelligence property center in 2006 with the goal of helping the formation of start-ups.

As of 2014, the center had offered assistance to more than 400,000 people, Keating was cited as saying in a statement released by the office's technology division Saturday.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest national library in the world by number of items catalogued.

The Taiwan delegation in turn introduced the science and technology ministry's international cooperation mechanism in the field of humanities and social sciences, expressing hope that cooperation between Taiwan and the U.K. can be strengthened through "proactive and efficient data exchanges," the division said.

Su and the delegation also took part in a July 5 bilateral forum with representatives of research institutes sponsored by the newly formed United Kingdom Research Innovation (UKRI).

During the forum, discussions were held on possible cooperation between the two countries in technology research.

The Technology Division under the Taipei Representative Office in the U.K. touted the forum as one that, for the first time ever, gathered all major academic and research British institutes that receive subsidies from the UKRI, which was founded in April to direct research funding.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Elizabeth Hsu)

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