Education, youth, sports ties bolstered with Israel


TAIPEI — Taiwan and Israel signed an agreement Wednesday in Taipei in an effort to strengthen cooperation in the fields of education, youth and sports exchanges, officials said that day.

The agreement was signed by Taiwan’s representative to Israel Chi Yun-sheng, and his Israeli counterpart Simona Halperin in Taipei.

The agreement, based on a memorandum of understanding on Taiwan-Israel youth exchanges signed in 2010, is expected to deepen cooperation in these fields, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Education in Israel focuses on the spirit of innovation and research, while Taiwan can use the agreement to promote its vocational training education and opportunities for Israelis to study Mandarin Chinese, the ministry said.

For her part, Halperin said the agreement will allow for more exchanges between the two countries in terms of education, and will pave the way for more bilateral information exchanges through school curricula.

It will also allow for more opportunities for cooperation in terms of scholarships for students to study in each other’s country, she told CNA after the signing of the agreement.

��We are now going to schedule a meeting of a working committee that will design the actual work program,�� she said, adding that the meeting could be convened in the first half of 2015.

Taiwan and Israel have so far signed 20 agreements covering the areas of trade facilitation, customs cooperation, environmental protection and youth exchanges, according to the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, which represents Israel’s interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.