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Fulbright regional meeting to take place in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The 2014 Fulbright East Asia Pacific Meeting will take place in Taiwan from March 26-28 for the first time, the organizers recently said.

The event, organized by the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, will allow American officials from throughout the Asia-Pacific region to discuss a variety of matters related to the administration of the United States' prestigious academic exchange program, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said in a statement.

This is the first time that Taiwan has hosted the meeting, which takes place once every three to four years, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

The conference will include presentations by key public diplomacy officials, including Susan Stevenson, deputy assistant secretary of State for Public Diplomacy in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the statement said.

Stevenson will meet with various Taiwanese officials to discuss and affirm the strength of the unofficial U.S.-Taiwan relationship, it added.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foundation, established in 1964, has provided grants to some 1,300 American scholars to visit Taiwan and over 1,500 Taiwanese scholars to go to the U.S.

“It plays a very significant role in enhancing academic, educational and cultural exchanges between the two sides,” the ministry said.

Approved by U.S. Congress in 1946, the Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries.

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