28 October 2008
On 27 October 2008 the two laureates - Professor Robert Ash and Dr Dafydd Fell (Director and Deputy-Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies – travelled to Paris to receive the 2007-08 Prize of the French Taiwanese Cultural Foundation. The award ceremony took place at the Institut de France, Académie des sciences morales et politiques. The ceremony was co-hosted by Dr. Huang Pi-twan, President of the Taiwan National Council for Cultural Affairs and Minister of Culture, and Mr Michel Albert, Secrétaire Perpétuel de l’Académie des sciences morales et politiques.
In October 2007 it was announced that SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies had been awarded Prize of the French Taiwanese Cultural Foundation. The award, valued at Euro 25,000, is hosted by the Institut de France, Académie des sciences morales et politiques in Paris. The Prize was instituted in 1996. It is awarded in recognition of work on relations between Taiwan and Europe, and which contributes to the enhancement of cultural exchange between the two regions. In awarding the prize to the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies, the jury of the French Taiwan Cultural Foundation highlighted the Centre’s work in developing Taiwan studies in Europe. In particular, the jury was impressed with the achievements of the SOAS inaugurated and based European Association of Taiwan Studies and its development of Taiwan studies teaching in Europe. The European Association of Taiwan Studies conference has become one of most important Taiwan Studies academic events in the world. SOAS has also become the continent’s leading institute in Taiwan studies teaching, with the widest range of Taiwan studies postgraduate courses and the only MA degree in Taiwan studies in the English speaking world. More recently, SOAS has also been developing intensive short Taiwan courses as part of the SOAS/Heidelberg/Tubingen European Taiwan Studies teaching project. The prize money will be used to strengthen the SOAS/Heidelberg European Taiwan Studies teaching project.
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