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Microsoft becomes innovation center partner: AIT

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Microsoft Taiwan has officially become the first “Innovative Partner” of the American Innovation Center (AIC), the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday.

“The AIC is a modern data center which focuses on creativity and design. The center allows young people to use digital tools to empower themselves in entrepreneurship, to learn English and to obtain the latest information about the United States,” Joseph Bookbinder, AIT public diplomacy section chief, said at a press event convened to announce the news.

Welcoming Microsoft Taiwan in becoming the first innovative partner and “infusing new energy into the center,” Bookbinder said he believes the AIC can provide even more diverse and up-to-date resources to visitors with the establishment of more similar innovation partnerships in the future.

AIC Taiwan is the first of its kind in Asia, established by the U.S. State Department and beginning operations in January. It houses computers, 3D printers, scanners, e-books, audio-visual materials and more than 280 English-language books. Since its inception in January, AIC has already offered over 70 courses, according to the AIT.

As part of the latest cooperation efforts, Microsoft Taiwan will launch a summer camp this August using KUDO, a visual programming language for creating games developed specifically for and by children, so that they can learn how to write programs with pictures and cultivate their logical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Microsoft Taiwan is also scheduled to launch a series of courses at the AIC this September.

The AIC is situated in Taipei's Songshan Cultural Creative Park (松山文創園區).

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