On July 24, 2014, the Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) Dr. Enno Aufderheide signed the agreement of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the MOST, Taiwan and the AvH, Germany for the Taiwan Research Fellowships for German Junior Researchers, with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). On behalf of the Deputy Minister of the MOST Dr. Yi-Bing Lin, Dr. Suang-Jing Pong, Director of the Germany Office of the MOST, attended the convention signing ceremony in the morning, standing ready to enhance the cooperation between the two parties.
On attachment to and funded mostly by the Federal Foreign Office, the AvH is world-famous for promoting science research cooperation between excellent scholars abroad and from Germany by providing research fellowships and research awards. The ROC also shares one of its most important partnerships in Germany with the institute. In 2010, the Academia Sinica President of the ROC Wong Chi-Huey was awarded the Humboldt Research Award. On the other hand, the Tsungming-Tu Research Award has been considered as the research award of the highest honor that the ROC government presents to international scholars (though only Germany, so far) ever since its establishment in 2006.
In comparison to how the Humboldt Research Award is open to cooperating with the globe, the Feodor Lynen Fellowship of Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers has only been in partnerships with the MOST of the ROC and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) of Japan. The development of the agreement of the MOU between Germany and the ROC began taking place in 2000. In the 14 years of collaboration and interactions, it has become the springboard for many German researchers to head to Taiwan for research. (Yi-Ching Lin Jauh, National Taiwan University)