Taiwan should try to plug brain drain: German envoy
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's brain drain is a concern for German companies seeking to invest in the country and a problem that Taiwan should tackle, according to Germany's envoy to Taiwan.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
These days, a lot of young people leave for China in search of higher earnings, Michael Zickerick, director-general of the German Institute Taipei, told CNA in an interview Monday.
“Understandable. But for Taiwan I think it's also a problem. You don't want to lose too many people who might be important for your development here,” he said.
In addition to the brain drain, Zickerick said some German companies have complained about the difficulty of bringing enough white-collar foreign workers to Taiwan due to the country's restrictive hiring laws.
He also pointed out the strengths of Germany's vocational training system and said Germany and Taiwan could jointly look into developing education training programs and exploring the chances of cooperation with Taiwanese partners.
“We are ready on the German side to answer any kind of request. We are ready to formulate with our Taiwanese partners a possible” pragmatic approach, he said.
His remarks came as Taiwan seeks to transform its vocational training system. The Ministry of Education said recently that it is learning about the strengths of vocational training education in Germany, Australia and Japan in order to improve its own.