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Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his experiences living and working in Taiwan On the Line
2018-09-02
  • Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his  experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his experiences living and working in Taiwan

    "GREEN is GREAT" (Photo taken from the Facebook of the British Office)
  • Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his  experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office, Taipei
  • Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his  experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office, Taipei
  • Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his  experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office Taipei shares his experiences living and working in Taiwan

    Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office, Taipei

Andrew Pittam, deputy representative at the British Office said the role of the British Office is to promote links between Taiwan and the UK especially in the areas trade, culture, education as well as science and technology. Andrew Pittam has been in Taiwan for more than a year now and he has enjoyed his time in Taiwan. The British Office in Taipei has worked to promote the UK on the Facebook and Twitter as well.

 

Andrew Pittam has worked for the British diplomatic service for almost 15 years. Before Taiwan, he was Deputy Head of the Foreign Office’s Media Office and Deputy Press Secretary to the Foreign Secretary. He had four years’ media and social media experience at the Foreign Office’s Media Office.

This week, Andrew Pittam shares with us how he likes living in Taiwan, his language learning experience, his leisure time and so on.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJVmemPiXzs&feature=youtu.be

 

Interview with BMI (Banteng Muda Indonesia), a youth wing of Indonesian ruling party on Taiwan-Indonesia exchanges

Interview with BMI (Banteng Muda Indonesia), a youth wing of Indonesian ruling party on Taiwan-Indonesia exchanges

Interview with BMI (Banteng Muda Indonesia), a youth wing of Indonesian ruling party on Taiwan-Indonesia exchanges

2018-06-10 01:00:00

Indonesian PDI-P (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan) or Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle was founded in 1998 with the chairperson, Megawati Sukarnoputri who was also the Indonesian president between 2001 and 2004. BMI (Banteng Muda Indonesia) or Indonesian Young Bulls is a youth wing of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s political party. A group of BMI members led by its Jakarta chapter Dian Eka Yanto visited Taiwan recently to explore opportunities to work with Taiwan and to establish a chapter in Taiwan in the future. Liliyana from the Woman and Children’s Division and Prisca Soetikno, secretary of Law and Human Rights’ Division of BMI share with us their views on BMI.

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Interview with the founder of LunchBox Press, Ofer Vardi

Interview with the founder of LunchBox, Ofer Vardi

Interview with the founder of LunchBox, Ofer Vardi

2018-06-03 01:00:00

Ofer Vardi recently visited Taiwan to explore the possibility of working with a Taiwanese publisher. Ofer Vardi is a publisher and editor-in-chief of LunchBox Press, a publishing company that publishes cookbooks and culinary content in Israel.

 

Recently four of the cookbooks published by LunchBox Press have been nominated for an award to be presented at The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China. The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is compared to the Oscar Academy Awards for movies, every year they honor the best food and wine books and books from around 200 countries participate in these prestigious awards

 

“Going Paprikash: The Best of Hungarian Jewish Cuisine”, one of the best-selling books was written by Ofer Vardi himself and the book includes more than 100 easy recipes that he learned from his grandmother’s Hungarian cooking.

 

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Interview with Austrian representative, Mr.Albin Mauritz

Interview with Austrian representative, Mr.Albin Mauritz

Interview with Austrian representative, Mr.Albin Mauritz

2018-05-27 01:00:00

Since 2014, Taiwan and Austria have had working holiday agreement and both sides signed a declaration in October last year to extend visa validity for participants in their bilateral working holiday program to one year. Mr.Albin Mauritz, the director of Austrian Office Taipei said the original six-month working holiday program was too short for one to explore a country while working and travelling.

 

The quota of 50 participants from Taiwanese side is filled every year and Mr.Albin Mauritz said he hopes that the number can be increased to 100 even though this year the quota has been raised to 75. The working holiday program is for both nationals between 18 and 30 years of age.

  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1AbcPDuios&feature=youtu.be

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Austrian representative, Mr.Albin Mauritz talks about Taiwan-Austria green energy cooperation

Austrian representative, Mr.Albin Mauritz talks about Taiwan-Austria green energy cooperation

Austrian representative, Mr.Albin Mauritz talks about Taiwan-Austria green energy cooperation

2018-05-20 01:00:00

The problem of possible electricity shortage has been raised in Taiwan recently and the plan to construct a coal-fired plant has received some criticism. Mr.Albin Mauritz, the director of Austrian Office Taipei said Austria has banned the use of nuclear power plants, adding that the referendum to abolish nuclear power was passed in 1978.

 

Austria has turned to renewable energy and now around 70% of the country is powered by renewable energy especially wind energy and hydropower. Austria is the leading country in Europe when it comes to using hydropower.

 

What can Taiwan learn from Austria? Mr.Albin Mauritz, the director of Austrian Office Taipei shares with us his views on renewable energy development in Austria.

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Interview with journalists from Asia-Pacific

Interview with journalists from Asia-Pacific

Interview with journalists from Asia-Pacific

2018-05-13 01:00:00

A group of journalists from Asia-Pacific recently visited Taiwan and I had a chance to interview four of them, namely Mr.Vince Alvic Alexis Nonato from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the largest newspaper in the Philippines, Alen Moni Mathews, senior sub editor of the New Indian Express, one of the four major English newspapers in South India, Mohd Asim Khan, principal correspondent of Indo-Asia News Service, the largest independent news service in India and Jonathan Underhill, the founder of Business Desk, New Zealand’s most widely disseminated source of business and market news.

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Interview with Prof.Yossi Leshem,a bird researcher, on the cooperation of Taiwan-Israel bird research

Interview with Prof.Yossi Leshem,a bird researcher, on the cooperation of Taiwan-Israel bird research

Interview with Prof.Yossi Leshem,a bird researcher, on the cooperation of Taiwan-Israel bird research

2018-05-06 01:00:00

Prof.Yossi Leshem, the most well-known ornithologist (bird researcher ) in Israel said they are working on the project called “saluting flights” to welcome the swifts in the spring of 2019 in cooperation with Muslims, Christians and Jews along the border of Jordan. Prof.Leshem will also invite Dr.Jane Goodall to join the event and to raise resources for cross-border projects.

 

Prof.Leshem has been known for the use of barn Owls and Kestrels as biological pest control agents and have made one-time enemies to become friendlier on preventing bird strikes. He was once invited by Taiwan to take part in the research to reduce disasters as a result of birds striking airplanes.

 

To find out more, we are joined by Prof.Yossi Leshem, a professor of the Department of Zoology of George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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Interview with an Indonesian artist, Sri Hanuraga Aga performing in Taiwan

Interview with an Indonesian artist, Sri Hanuraga Aga performing in Taiwan

Interview with an Indonesian artist, Sri Hanuraga Aga performing in Taiwan

2018-04-29 01:00:00

Cross-cultural Jazz Night was held in Taipei in late April and it brought together jazz musicians from Taiwan and Indonesia for the first time. Sri Hanuraga Aga, an Indonesian jazz recording artist, producer and music educator said he hopes to see more collaboration between Taiwanese and Indonesian musicians. In his personal view, he thinks there is a fusion of traditional music with pop music in the Chinese music industry in Taiwan and he hopes that the government of Indonesia will help promote the incorporation of folk and traditional music such as Dangdut into pop music.

 

Sri Hanuraga Aga obtained his master’s degree in jazz piano at Conservatorium van Amsterdam, a Dutch academy of music in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He also teaches piano at Universitas Pelita Harapan Conservatory of Music, a private music school founded in 2000 in Indonesia as well as at Institut Musik Daya Indonesia, a music academy in Indonesia.

 

Video Interview

https://www.facebook.com/RTI.Siaran.Indonesia/videos/2446301968729038/

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Dr.Roy Lee, expert from Chung Hua Institution for Economic Research talks about China-US trade war

Dr.Roy Lee, expert from Chung Hua Institution for Economic Research talks about China-US trade war

Dr.Roy Lee, expert from Chung Hua Institution for Economic Research talks about China-US trade war

2018-04-22 01:00:00

The US plans to impose high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from other countries including from Taiwan. Dr.Roy Lee, deputy director of the Taiwan WTO and RTA Center of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research said Taiwanese investors might want to think about investing somewhere else or in the US apart from investing in China as this will help spread the risk  Dr.Roy Lee added that Taiwan should also expect some collateral damage from the China-US trade war because in the last two decades, Taiwan's economic performance has relied heavily on the triangular relationship between Taiwan,China and US.

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Interview with Dr.Roy Lee on China-US trade war

Interview with Dr.Roy Lee on China-US trade war

Interview with Dr.Roy Lee on China-US trade war

2018-04-15 01:00:00

US President Trump announced on March 22 that a US$50 billion punitive tariff scheme on 1300 Chinese products would be imposed and China announced on March 23 that it would put up to 25% tariffs on 128 US exports and many say this will hurt US farmers and vineyard owners as these products would be wine, fruit, pork and most importantly soybeans.

 

Dr.Roy Lee, deputy director of the Taiwan WTO and RTA Center of Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research said 25% tariff would put US producers to a disadvantage level adding that in trade practices, 5% tariff or above would be considered as a high tariff. A tariff is a tax on goods coming into a country.

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Interview with Rax Liu, Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU

Interview with Rax Liu, Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU

Interview with Rax Liu, Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU

2018-04-08 01:00:00

D-School@NTU was established in 2015. NTU (National Taiwan University) is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Rax Liu, a Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU said the idea is to promote innovation and cooperation between students and faculty members from various departments at NTU and to foster talent and skills for innovation.

 

On April 14, they are going to organize an event “Project W” at Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. What is Project W? What does D-School@NTU offer? Our guest today is Rax Liu, Chief Innovation Officer of D-School@NTU.

 

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Mr.Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative talks about Israeli and Taiwanese literary work exchange

Mr.Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative talks about Israeli and Taiwanese literary work exchange

Mr.Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative talks about Israeli and Taiwanese literary work exchange

2018-03-25 01:00:00

The theme country for the 2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition was Israel. What was unique was that the public in Taiwan was able to experience Israel with all five senses. Mr.Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative in Taiwan said it was an interactive exhibition and the public could see the portrayal of a book with the height of 9 by 9 meters followed by hearing the band performing Israeli music while sipping Israeli wine and non-alcoholic malt as well as enjoying Israeli delicious food.

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Prof.Lee Hong-yuan talks about earthquake in Taiwan

Prof.Lee Hong-yuan talks about earthquake in Taiwan

Prof.Lee Hong-yuan talks about earthquake in Taiwan

2018-03-18 01:00:00

A magnitude 6 earthquake hit Hualien, eastern Taiwan on February 6 and left 17 dead and more than 280 injured. One hotel and another mixed-use high rise partially collapsed. The first floor of the mixed-use building was a restaurant and its second and third floors were used as a hotel. Many say the greatest problem many buildings in Taiwan face is severe irregularities such as weak floors, mixed-use high rises, store owners would cut crucial beams or corners to have more open space.

Let’s hear more from Prof.Lee Hong-yuan, a professor of civil engineering at National Taiwan University. Prof.Lee served as the Minister of the Interior from 2012 to 2014.

 

 

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