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Taiwan, Italy ink scientific research pact

ROME -- The National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan and the Italian National Research Council (NCR) have recently signed a scientific research cooperation agreement.

Taiwan's NSC deputy minister, Hung-duen Yang, and Italy's NCR acting president, Federico Rossi, inked the document(s) on behalf of their respective institutions at a ceremony held in Rome last Friday.

Under the agreement, the two parties will jointly organize seminars and cooperate in scientific research projects and the exchange of visits by researchers and students, according to Yang.

There will be at least two seminars, one in Taiwan and one in Italy,five research cooperation projects,and 10 visits by researchers from each country to the other country every year beginning from the next year, Yang said.

Biotechnology, industrial design, material technology and nanotechnology are on the priority list for the cooperation projects to be developed by the two sides, he said.

Taiwan has also decided to offer scholarships for five Italian graduate school students every year for two-month study visits in Taiwan during the summer vacation beginning from next year, he added.

Yang, who has been in Italy since Oct. 25, also attended the Italian university rectors conference (CRUI), where he exchanged opinions with CRUI members on university student and professor exchanges between the two countries.

Yang left for Vienna yesterday after concluding his five-day visit to Italy.

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