ABU DHABI (CNA) – Taiwan won four gold medals, one silver, five bronzes and 27 medallions of excellence at the WorldSKills Abu Dhabi 2017 in the United Arab Emirates earlier this week, finishing with the fourth highest medal points.
The four gold medals won by the Taiwanese competitors were in the areas of electronics, cabinetmaking, automobile technology, and graphic design technology.
Tsai Yu-chih (蔡喻至) from Neihu Vocational School won in the electronics category, Cheng Chin-hao (鄭欽豪) in cabinetmaking, Chen Min-heng (陳泯亨) in automobile technology, and Huang Yu-zhen (黃于貞) in graphic design technology.
The gold medalists all promised to continue sharpening their skills and to pass on their experience to upcoming skilled workers.
Yang Yong-chi (楊詠淇) from Ming-Dao High School was the winner of the silver medal for restaurant service, while five other Taiwanese took bronze in the categories of jewelry, fashion technology, electrical installations, confectioner/pastry, and welding.
Deputy Minister of Labor Lin San-quei (林三貴) hailed Taiwan’s performance at the global competition and said its competitors must strive to do even better in the future.
“Taiwan needs to make progress along with other countries,” he said. “It is extremely important to further sharpen the skills of Taiwanese students at junior and senior vocational schools if we want to achieve an even better performance in the future.” A total of 47 skilled young people from Taiwan took part in this year’s 44th WorldSkill Competition, which was held Oct. 15-18 in Abu Dhabi and attracted some 1,300 competitors from around the world.
China, South Korea and Switzerland finished in the top three positions at the competition, which is held every two years and is considered a global hub for skills excellence and development. •
By Charles Kang and Flor Wang