Brazil’s president-elect impressed with Taipei’s NTUST

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA)-Brazil’s president-elect last visited the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) in March and was really impressed with the school, NTUST President Liao Ching-jong (廖慶榮) said on Monday.

Jair Bolsonaro, who won a sweeping victory in the country’s presidential race over the weekend, was at the NTUST for a presentation about the school, according to Liao.

Bolsonaro was especially impressed when he learned that the NTUST had played a key role in the establishment of the Taiwan-Paraguay Polytechnic University (Universidad Politechnica Taiwan-Paraguay, UPTP), he said.

He was also happy to learn that the school has sisterhood ties with the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Liao added.

Earlier on Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) extended its congratulations to Bolsonaro after he won a sweeping victory on Sunday.

According to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章), Bolsonaro was in Taiwan in his capacity as a member of the Brazilian Congress “to get a first-hand understanding of the country’s economic, trade, scientific and educational development.”

Bolsonaro was the first Brazilian presidential candidate to visit Taiwan since the South American country cut ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1974, according to foreign media reports. The visit drew a protest from China’s embassy in Brazil.