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Gov't officials from US Midwest visit the Ministry of Education

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A group of government officials from the Midwestern United States visited Taiwan on July 4 to observe the education system in Taiwan, with Ministry of Education (MOE) Chief Secretary Wan Jough-Tai (王作臺) greeting the group.

The visiting group, led by the Minnesota Senate President Sandra Pappas, included Minnesota state Senator Ann Rest, Michigan state Senator Rick Jones and his wife, Illinois state Senator Mattie Hunter, Illinois state Representative Andre Thapedi, Indiana state Senator Michael Young, Indiana state Representative Scott Pelath, Iowa state Senator Jeff Danielson, Iowa state Representative Liz Mathis, Wisconsin state Senator Bob Kulp and his wife, and Chicago City Council Alderman Pat Dowell.

It was the first time for all 13 members to visit Taiwan.

According to the MOE, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa have all expressed friendly support for Taiwan to join to Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2014.

The group was reportedly interested in all aspects of Taiwanese society, including politics, economics, education, social affairs and the local culture, and came with the aim to better understand the economic and trade relations between Taiwan and the Midwestern states of the United States.

The senators and representatives all participated in in-depth discussions with MOE officials regarding the differences between the education systems of the two countries, as well as the many details of Taiwan's education at every stage; the U.S. officials were heard relaying their respect for Taiwan's developments in education.

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