MOFA Vice Minister Tsao Li-jey (front, fifth left) is joined by officials and participants from Canada and the U.S. in giving the thumbs-up to Mosaic Taiwan June 11 in Taipei City. (MOFA)
The 2019 edition of Mosaic Taiwan, an international leadership program for young opinion shapers organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was officially launched June 11 in Taipei City.
Involving 30 young students and professionals from Canada and the U.S., the initiative enables participants to learn more about Taiwan’s culture, economy, history and society.
MOFA Vice Minister Tsao Li-jey said during the opening ceremony that Mosaic Taiwan aims to expand bilateral exchanges and strengthen the bonds of friendship. It also provides unique and valuable firsthand experiences helping participants assume leadership roles in the future, he added.
According to Tsao, the program showcases Taiwan’s standing as one of the freest democracies in Asia while spotlighting the government’s commitment to promoting freedom, democracy, human rights and rule of law. The passage May 24 of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage offers further proof of the high standard of human rights enjoyed by the people, he said.
Mosaic Taiwan was launched in 2014 for students and professionals from North America aged 20-35 with proven academic backgrounds and extensive work or volunteer experience in international affairs.
This year’s program features seminars and workshops, as well as meetings with representatives of the academic, private and public sectors. Other highlights include trips to many of Taiwan’s important cultural, historic and tourist sites. (SFC-E)