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Ex-VP plans int'l youth exchange program

TAIPEI -- Former Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長) said yesterday that he plans to collaborate with National Chengchi University to promote a new international exchange program by selecting excellent students to form a delegation led by him to visit international organizations.

Siew said that under the planned program, students will participate in internship programs organized by a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Congress, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations and the European Union.

The program, which is still only in the planning stages, will be aimed at providing more opportunities for students to participate in international activities, National Chengchi University (NCCU) Provost Chan Chih-yu said.

Siew, who graduated from the university's Department of Diplomacy, unveiled the plan at an event to mark the 87th anniversary of the establishment of the school's Taiwan campus. During the event, Siew was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university, the sixth he has so far been granted.

Siew said that given the high number of international students at the university, it should do more to promote international exchanges among young people. Therefore, he said, he will work with the school to push for more young people to engage in international exchanges through internships or exchange programs.

Chan said that Siew has contributed greatly to international trade and international relations and has established good relations with international organizations.

Noting that people often lack opportunities to visit international organizations or participate in their internship programs, Chan said he hopes that through the international training program, Taiwan's young people will be able to enhance and broaden their international vision.

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