On the Line is a lively forum where important personages including local and foreign diplomats, policy experts, academics, and government officials, are invited to discuss current events and issues involving Taiwan and the world. On the Line broadcasts worldwide every Sunday (Taiwan Time) and is available on demand.
Around 110 thousand international students study in Taiwan every year and the International College of Mingchuan University has a large number of students from different parts of the world. On our show today, we have the chance to talk to some students from five different countries, Damian Walters from Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tenduma Shongwe from Eswatini, Alex Croppel from the US, Thandwa Mndzebele from South Africa and Chanolde Munroe from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
This week’s On the Line featuring Year in Review 2019. We take a look back at segments of some of the important interviews that you may have missed in 2019. We begin with a part of the interview with former Brazilian representative to Taiwan, Mr.Fabio Franco who has been assigned to the post of the ambassador in an African country now. Other segments of the interviews include interviews with German representative, Dr.Thomas Prinz; Mr.Rolf Frei, the former Swiss representative; Israeli expert in cyber technology, Prof.Israel Ben-Israel.; Ms.Kuanpai Chen, founder of a zero-waste fashion brand; Mr.Tommy Kunji, the representative of Papua New Guinea Judge Ken Starr from the US; Ms.Tania Berschem, the Luxembourg representative; Ambassador of Palau, Ambassador Dilmei Olkeriil; Mr.Mike de Pulford, the president of ARISE Foundation; Mr.George Sassine, the president of the Association of Industries of Haiti; Ambassador Andrea Bowman, the ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and former Israeli representative, Mr.Asher Yarden.
Malaysian representative Sharon Ho said Malaysia My Second Home that began in 2012 is aimed at foreign residents who plan to reside in Malaysia for a long period and not for s short stay. The program is recognized by more than 100 countries and Taiwan is one of the top ten partners with around 1300 participants. Sharon Ho said that cultural exchange between Taiwan and Malaysia have been vibrant and she cited an example of Taiwan X Malaysia Musician Exchange held in August. In education, Taiwanese students have shown growing interest in Malaysia by attending summer programs. Malaysian representative Sharon Ho said next year is Visit Malaysia 2020 and she hopes to showcase Malaysia to the Taiwanese and encourage more tourism-related investment as well as enhance cultural and educational exchanges.
H.E.Rtiquette is a non-profit social club that aims to bridge the social and cultural gap between expat students and the Taiwanese community. This year, the event was held for the second time and it attracted both expats and Taiwanese to take part and the founders of H.E.Rtiquette decided to have a spa day for a limited number of twelve young women and a workshop on how to groom their nails and become an expert at DIY nail artistry. The purpose is to help them find a shop that is affordable and last year, their focus was on fashion with the purpose to help expats and foreign students find stores that suitable for them. H.E.Rtiquette was founded in 2018 by Zee N. Dlamini (Spouse to Ambassador of The Kingdom of Eswatini) and Mandisa Mditshwa from The Republic of South Africa.