On June 3, 2014, by invitation of the Alexander von Humbold Foundation (AvH), the Germany Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the ROC attended the Humbold Foundation annual congress, taken place at the official residence of the President of Germany, Bellevue Palace (Schloss Bellevue), located in Berlin’s Tiergarten district. The ceremony, presided by the President of Germany Joachim Gauck, was participated by more than 570 scholars, from over 70 countries.
In the speech delivered, Mr. Gauck, President of Germany, first expressed his sincere welcome for the present scholars coming from all over the world, then his cordial appreciation for their remarkable contributions to Germany’s technology development. Besides the mention of Germany’s unremitting insistence towards the ever-changing global environment and the development of renewable energy sources, President Gauck also referred to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, commonly known as the June Fourth Incident, in his position of concern for human rights. President Gauck, from former East Germany, not of any party, is the 11th president of the post-war Federal Republic of Germany. Having greatly contributed to the historical process of the unification of Germany, he further came to prominence as an anti-communist civil rights activist in East Germany, and the first person in charge of the East German secret police files. On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, it is extraordinarily significant to have had President Gauck as the country representative giving his attentive voice of care.
Financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and granting research fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers, the AvH Foundation is one of the most important partners of the MOST (ROC) in Germany. The president of the Academia Sinica of the ROC Wong Chi-Huey won the Humboldt Research Award in 2010. Moveover, the MOST began its partnership and cooperation with the AvH in 2006, establishing the Tsungming-Tu Research Award, which is considered as the research award of the highest honor of the ROC government for international scholars (so far only for Germany). （Yi-Ching Lin Jauh, National Taiwan University）