4 October 2018
SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Awarded Major Research Funding
From left to right: Dr. Chang Bi-yu (Deputy Director, SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies), Mr. Cheng Hsiang-yun (Deputy Taiwan Representative to the UK), Mr. David Lin (Taiwan Representative to the UK), Baroness Valerie Amos (Director, SOAS), Dr. Dafydd Fell (Director, SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies), Ms. Chen Ya-hui (Director, Taipei Representative Office in the UK).
On October 4, 2018, SOAS University of London signed a major agreement with Taiwan to promote the School’s Taiwan Studies programme between 2018 and 2021.The research grant includes funding for the SOAS Taiwan Studies Programme’s small research seminars, policy related events, large annual lectures, film screenings, postgraduate summer school, annual international workshops, and research publication projects. The signing ceremony was held at the Taipei Representative Office at Victoria. The agreement was signed by the Taiwan Representative to the United Kingdom David Y.L. Lin and SOAS Director Baroness Valerie Amos.
At the ceremony David Lin praised the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies for its numerous achievements since its establishment in 1999. He thanked SOAS for its efforts in promoting Taiwan Studies, especially noting the contribution of the programme’s directors Drs Chang Bi-yu (張必瑜) and Dafydd Fell (羅達菲). He also praised the school’s extensive Taiwan teaching courses, wide variety of academic events and research publications. Lastly David Lin noted how the SOAS Taiwan Studies programme has helped promote global Taiwan Studies, particularly in Europe and America, thereby raising Taiwan’s global academic visibility.
SOAS Director Baroness Valerie Amos pointed out the historical significance of this agreement, as Taiwan Studies at SOAS is now approaching its 20th anniversary. She thanked Taiwan for its long-term support for our Taiwan Studies programme, noting how this has enabled SOAS to become the world’s leading centre for Taiwan Studies teaching, academic events and publications. She also highlighted how just a few weeks earlier we had signed another agreement with Taiwan’s Ministry of Education to support our Taiwan Studies Teaching Programme.
Speaking after the ceremony Dr. Fell commented, ‘This is wonderful news. It will allow us to continue to offer our full range of Taiwan annual conferences, special lecture series, film screening and popular summer school. Although this is a research grant, the Taiwan Studies academic events programme is designed to complement the teaching programme. We tend to invite speakers that feature prominently on our Taiwan course reading lists, as well as both political and cultural practitioners. It’s remarkable to see the way the programme has expanded its scope over the last 19 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 but also to my brilliant team of scholars and project officers at the Centre of Taiwan Studies. Now this agreement has been signed we can look forward to another three years of diverse Taiwan Studies academic events.’