A Canadian education provides a wealth of opportunities and practical applications
By Erika Wang, The China Post
September 29, 2007, 12:00 am TWN
Canadian education does not only provide an environment for creative and innovative development. From a business standpoint, Rosaline Kwan, trade and investment director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT), also sees a wealth of opportunities and practical applications that stem from a Canadian education.
"Getting a very good education and then being able to apply it in a leading edge field and then bringing it back here, or staying in Canada, or being the bridge between Canada and Taiwan, [are] very effective ways to bring benefit to themselves and to what they do and to the relation between Canada and Taiwan," she notes.
In particular, Kwan sees a perfect marriage between Taiwan's strength in commercialization and Canada's global lead in the area of innovation. "That's where the great match is—to come with a great knowledge and experience in commercialization, but to also have the innovative side that puts it together from concept to market."
Another advantage of Canadian education is the opportunity to work in projects that have links to real applications in research institutes, observes Kwan.
The Montreal native points out the fact that the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada has long maintained a close relationship with its Taiwanese counterpart, the National Science Council (NSC), evidenced in the upcoming Canada-Taiwan Innovation Week in November, when the two will renew their agreement on science and technology cooperation for the 10th year.
Aimed at commercializing knowledge and partnering for business development through science and technology, the event—the first one of such large scale—will feature workshops on biophotonics (the use of light in biotechnology and medical sciences), nutraceuticals and functional foods (foods that are good for human health, and what ingredients make them so), as well as hydrogen and fuel cells (cleaner alternatives to oil and coal).
According to the NSC, it has signed cooperative memorandums of understanding (MOUs) not only with the NRC but also with Canada's Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Among these, cooperation between the NSC and the NRC remains most active, with particular focus on research projects in the fields of biochemistry, aerospace, cancer therapeutics, silicon technology and nanoelectronics, among others.
Canada was also the first country to sign an MOU on education cooperation with Taiwan in 2004, and recently renewed the agreement in June.
One of the activities organized under the MOU on education is a Canada-Taiwan conference on higher education that will be held next March in Canada and will bring together leaders in academic institutions and education officials from both sides, notes Kwan.
"Canada is a very strong location for studies overall," she stresses. The caliber of people who choose to study in Canada combined with the great programs offered by Canadian universities makes for an overall high quality of teaching, learning and living. "You don't only get a great education, you get a great experience," Kwan concludes.
Canadian education does not only provide an environment for creative and innovative development. From a business standpoint, Rosaline Kwan, trade and investment director of the ...