4 December 2016
New Funding announced for Taiwan Studies at SOAS
At the ceremony David Lin praised the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies for its achievements since its establishment in 1999, describing it as the leader in European Taiwan Studies. He thanked SOAS for its efforts in promoting Taiwan Studies, especially noting the contribution of the programme’s founder Professor Robert Ash and the current director Dafydd Fell (羅達菲). He also praised the school’s Taiwan Studies teaching courses and MA Taiwan Studies degree, its publications on Taiwan’s politics, economics and culture, as well as its extensive academic events programme.
SOAS Director Baroness Valerie Amos thanked Taiwan for its long-term support for our Taiwan Studies programme, noting how this has enabled SOAS to be the world’s leading centre for Taiwan Studies. She pointed out that we have the widest range of Taiwan courses and run more Taiwan Studies academic events than any university in Europe and North America.
Speaking after the ceremony Dr Fell commented, ‘This is a historic moment in the development of the SOAS Taiwan Studies programme. It will allow us to continue to offer our full range of Taiwan courses, annual conferences, special lecture series, film screening and popular summer school. I was a first year PhD when the programme first started out in 1999. I have been delighted to see the way the programme has expanded its scope over the last 17 years to become the world’s leading centre of Taiwan studies. I would like to express my appreciation to the support we have received from colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education in London.’
Following the ceremony David Lin held a question and answer session with a group of SOAS Taiwan Politics class students. Questions raised covered both his time as foreign minister under the Ma Ying-jeou administration but also Taiwan’s current challenges in external relations under Tsai Ing-wen.