Taiwan, U.K. to jointly promote development of innovative industries

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Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁)/CNA file photo

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁)/CNA file photo

Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The chief scientific advisor at the United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) will visit Taiwan next month for the launch of a program to enhance bilateral exchanges on research and development in innovative industries, the British Office in Taipei said Wednesday.

The launch of the U.K.-Taiwan Innovative Industries Researcher Placement Scheme is scheduled for March 21 and will be hosted by FCO's chief scientific advisor Robin Grimes, the British office said.

In the first year of the program, the U.K. government will allocate NT$5 million to strengthen R&D cooperation with Taiwan, which will include support for Taiwanese wishing to carry out cutting-edge research at British universities and R&D labs in the field of innovative industries, according to the office.

Grimes will unveil further details of the scheme at the launch ceremony, which will also be attended by Taiwan's Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁), the office said.

During Grimes' stay in Taiwan from March 20-22, he will visit the National Development Council, the Ministry of Science and Technology, and precision machining companies in Taichung, the office said.

He is also scheduled to deliver speeches at Academia Sinica and National Cheng Kung University, according to the British Office.

Last week, Grimes made a brief trip to Taiwan, visiting the Industrial Technology Research Institute's (ITRI) Kuang-Fu branch in Hsinchu to learn about the latest developments in Taiwan's industrial technology innovation, the office said.

After playing a game of chess against an ITRI robot, Grimes said Taiwan's research and development in the field of intelligent robotics was quite impressive and that there were lots of opportunities for bilateral cooperation in that area, according to the office.

(By Elaine Hou and Evelyn Kao)

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