On February 24 – 26, 2014, the ROC representative Ms Christine M. Y. Hsueh, the ROC director of the Economic Division Ben J.B. Wu, and the director of the German Office of the MOST Dr. Suang-Jing Pong visited, along with the Czech partner institutions, the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. The visit of symbolic meaning was intended to call for a continuative scientific and technological collaboration and an objective exchange of views for the new year of 2014.
In the first instance Dr. Arnošt Marks, Deputy Vice Prime Minister of the Council for Research, Development and Innovation (RVVI, “Rada pro výzkum, vývoj a inovace”), Czech Republic, sent out his congratulations on the reorganization of the NSC to the MOST, wishing for a smooth prospective business development. On the other side, Miroslava Kopicová, the first vice-chairperson of the RVVI, also a former minister of Education, Youth and Sports, possesses a profound understanding and knowledge of Taiwan. As the two parties of Taiwan and the Czech Republic both recently have had transformations of the Ministry of Science, First Vice-Chairperson Miroslava Kopicová indicated that, in the future, the deputy prime minister of the Czech government, also as the RVVI chairman, will be taking on direct responsibility for the science and technology research, development and innovation, in terms of the planning and coordination of the Committee. In addition, the management powers of research and innovation affairs by the deputy prime minister are aimed to match the authority of the premier. This first initiative, coming from the Czech Republic, is rarely seen in this world.
Moreover, a courtesy call was paid by Dr. Suang-Jing Pong to some of the MOST (Taiwan)’s cooperative scientific research units, with Dr. Hana Sychrová, President of the Council for International Affairs of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR), Naďa Koníčková, the deputy director and the head of the National Information Centre for European Research of the Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (TC ASCR), and Prof. Petr Matějů, president of the Czech Science Foundation (GACR). (Sonja Lin Kirsch, University of Cologne)