On May 16, 2014, Dr. Jan Barančík, Head of the Department of International Cooperation of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), paid a courtesy call to Dr. Suang-Jing Pong, Director of the Germany Office of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the ROC (MOST). During the visit, matters on technology cooperation were mainly focused and discussed.
According to Dr. Pong, even after the National Science Council (NSC) was reformed to the MOST, the technology research exchange between Slovakia and Taiwan has remained the same as in the past. Currently, there still exists a remarkably stable mechanism of cooperation between the two countries, along with the PPP Plan of professional talent exchange and other cooperative research plans. Dr. Barančík stated that the cooperative relationship with Taiwan is greatly appreciated by the SAS, especially through M-ERA. NET, European Union (EU) funded network that supports research programmes in materials science and engineering, which increases the cooperation in depth and scope between the two parties. Led by Prof. Chung-Yu Wu of Taiwan, the programme of National Program on Nano Technology (NPNT) is a crucial part to the EU materials science and engineering research plan.
Dr. Pong also presented the operating mechanism of the tripartite cooperation between the MOST and the Baltic states. Subsequently, opinions were exchanged on the distinguishing traits of the technology research policies of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. At last, Dr. Barančík invited Dr. Pong to visit Slovakia on behalf of the SAS. (Yi-Ching Lin Jauh, National Taiwan University)