International S&T cooperation
In the effort to promote bilateral and multilateral S&T exchange with other countries, MOST has signed 118 cooperation agreements with 41 nations, the European Union, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and the European Molecular Biology Conference and European Molecular Biology Organization. Cooperation takes the form of building exchanges among researchers, organizing joint symposia, conducting collaborative research projects, promoting high-level official visits, and conferring international awards such as the Prix Scientifique Franco-Taiwanais and the Tsungming Tu Award. All of these efforts help develop practical partnerships with other countries while promoting diplomacy and supporting the government’s foreign policies.
International exchange of S&T personnel
To foster exchanges between Taiwan’s research personnel and the worldwide S&T community, MOST provides funding for domestic research teams to participate in international academic organizations, subsidizes scholars to attend international conferences, holds international seminars, and invites foreign professionals for short visits to Taiwan.
Overseas S&T divisions
One of the objectives in promoting international S&T exchange is to develop a strong network of exchange relationships. MOST currently oversees 16 S&T divisions around the world; these offices broaden partnerships with host nations, maintain contact with scientists in those nations, and have been actively recruiting overseas S&T professionals to meet growing demands at home.