Seven high-level foreign professionals have been granted Taiwanese citizenship in recognition of their contributions to Taiwan. They include a world class Greek physicist and a US semiconductor expert.
The seven were naturalized under the Nationality Act which was amended in December 2016 to recruit and retain top talent from around the world. Since the amendment took effect, 164 foreign nationals have been naturalized as Taiwanese citizens.
The interior ministry says that the seven newest naturalized citizens include four academics, one worker in the cultural sector, one worker in the high-tech sector, and one in the economic sector.
Their number includes a 29-year-old Filipina doctor and pharmacist. She has been conducting research and development in dermatology, and is the youngest person to be naturalized under the act. The average age is 50.
A top Greek physicist was also among those naturalized. He has written over 1,000 academic papers, and is currently participating in international physics research projects such as the CERN Large Hadron Collider experiment.
A Vietnamese woman who promotes Vietnamese culture and language education through an award-winning radio program was also naturalized.
An American specializing in semiconductor R&D and design is also among the group of seven new citizens. He has led a Taiwanese team in developing 20nm and 10nm process technologies.
The interior ministry says that Taiwan has shown itself to be an outstanding place to work and live, especially as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.