On March 3, 2014, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of China (MOST) was formally brought into being. The former body, National Science Council (NSC), established in 1959, officially became history. Presently on March 31, 2014, the director of the Germany Office of the MOST Dr. Suang-Jing Pong paid a courtesy call to the partner technology units of the ROC, Taiwan, in Poland, in the company of the former ROC representative to Poland Amb. Jack K.C. Chiang. The call emphasized on the goal to maintain the original functions of the NSC, and also the efficacy of the accords between the two countries. The Polish technology and research institutions expressed their willingness to further strengthen and expand the collaboration with Taiwan in the future.
In the first instance, the visit called on the president of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS) Prof. Michał Kleiber, who presented full cordiality to welcome the continuance of the original efficacy of accords. The PAS has always been the main force of the Polish fundamental science research. Furthermore, the system of cooperation between Poland and Taiwan has been stabilized through the science researchers. “Poland’s achievements since 2010 deserve national attention and affirmation from the Taiwanese academy, due to their reformation of technology organizations, under the assistance delivered by the European Union (EU),” said Amb. Jack K.C. Chiang of Taiwan.
Founded in 1991, soon after Poland’s independence, the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) is the biggest private research subsidy organization in Poland. Currently, its most important mission includes examining and verifying Poland’s highest academic research award. Dr. Tomasz Poprawka, deputy diretor of the programme division, explained that the institution has collaborated with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) to award the Copernicus Award to encourage the cooperation between Polish and German scholars. Dr. Suang-Jing Pong also shared the successful experiences of the awarding of the Tsungming-Tu Research Award between the MOST and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH). Under the exchange of opinions, an opportunity for future cooperation between Poland and Taiwan is expected and can hopefully be created.
On the following day, the crew proceeded to the National Science Centre (NCN) in Krakow, which was recently established in 2010 and is affiliated with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in Poland. Its main task includes presiding over the subsidy fundamental science research. The director Prof. Andrzej Jajszczyk has visited Taiwan multiple times for research cooperation with National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and National Dong Hwa University (NDHU). Having been surrounded by the cities and suburbs in Taiwan, the chairman possesses a rich understanding and is profoundly fond of the place. The amity from Taiwan is greatly appreciated by the NCN as the NSC (former body of the MOST) was its first contract partner since its establishment.
The last destination of the courtesy calls was at the institution of the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR), which takes charge of the subsidy of applied science research. The director Prof. Krzysztof Jan Kurzydłowski showed his affirmation in the smooth cooperation between Poland and Taiwan in the past, and also looks ahead to the discussion meeting taken place in Taiwan this year to be as successful as the previous ones in the last two years.
Poland’s technology research is considerably outstanding to be paid attention to in both of its quantity and quality. On the other hand, Taiwan’s economic development is admired by Poland’s side, hoping to help forward to generate a beneficial win-win foundation for both parties. (Yi-Ching Lin Jauh, National Taiwan University)