Taipei celebrates education collaboration with British Council
By Joy Lee,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Government Department of Education and the British Council Taipei (BCT) yesterday signed a second memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together in the field of school education and English learning, continuing their rich history of collaboration.
January 12, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Taipei's education chief Ding Ya-wen (丁亞雯) and the Director of the BCT Alison Devine MBE were present to sign the MOU. Deputy Taipei Mayor Tim Ting (丁庭宇) and Terry Toney, regional director East Asia at British Council, also attended the ceremony.
According to the BCT, the first MOU was signed in 2004. The collaboration mainly focused on two projects: “School Links” and “Access English.” The projects helped improve the standard of English language teaching and supported the development of English skills among young people.
The BCT said over 135 primary and junior high schools, thousands of teachers and 5,000 students are participating in the “School Links” project. The international educational expo held in Taiwan brought together more than 400 teachers and students from 8 countries, offering opportunities for students to gain international experience.
Ding said “the BCT has been very proactive in collaborating with the Taipei City Government in the field of school education and English learning.”
According to Toney, “the basic mission of the BCT is to build trust and international communication and that is something that has to come from both sides. I always have positive experiences coming to Taiwan because people here are so nice and I always enjoy meeting people here.”
Devine said the BCT has been working hard to raise awareness for British culture among Taiwan's population. She said the BCT is glad to renew its commitment with the Taipei City Government Department of Education in order to continue the rich history of success and collaboration.
According to the BCT, the collaboration has contributed to improved English proficiency, an increase in the professional development of schools and teachers, as well as the further internationalization of education and enhanced the visibility of Taiwan on the global stage.
The British Council, founded in 1934, is the United Kingdom's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Since 2001, the BCT has worked closely with the Taipei City Government in the areas of internationalizing school education and English learning and training.