Taipei Tech Held APEC 2019 Vocational Education and Entrepreneurship Events

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Taipei Tech English Department held two APEC events this year. The first was Workshop on Regional Industry-Academia Collaboration for Talent Development, held on September 16 through 18, and the second Forum on Digital Innovation and Youth Entrepreneurship, held on October 7 through 9.

Sixteen representatives from ten APEC economies attended Workshop on Regional Industry-Academia Collaboration for Talent Development this year. This workshop focused on topics related to APEC initiatives this year—long-term care, food technology, and electrical engineering. The three-day event included one forum, three school visits, and one business visit.

In the forum, Prof. Dong Sun Park, head of APEC Human Resources Development Working Group, gave an opening address. Representatives from Russia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Australia shared their industry-university cooperation experience, and representatives from three technical universities in Taiwan shared their co-op models in the said three fields. Dr. Han Pi-Chi of National Kaohsiung Normal University also gave a speech on women's career development. Representatives also visited three universities, including Taipei Tech, to better understand the operational models and facilities these school implement to integrate instruction and practical training.

Forum on Digital Innovation and Youth Entrepreneurship invites government officials, company founders, venture capitalists, and other professionals to talk about entrepreneurship-related policies and practices in Taiwan. This year, nearly fifty students and young entrepreneurs from fifteen APEC economies, including the US, Canada, Russia, New Zealand, and Australia, participated in the three-day event.

Audrey Tang, Digital Minister of Taiwan, gave the keynote speech and shared government practices of achieving continual development in fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. Directors of U-Start and FITI, two government-backed entrepreneurship programs, also introduced the programs and invited domestic entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to utilize these platforms.

During the event, founders of several startup companies shared their experience on finding and connecting with their user base. One special session was dedicated to startup pitch demo and one to finding startup resources in Asia. Dr. Yang Yun-Hua, Taipei Tech English Department Chairperson, moderated a female entrepreneurship panel session on the second day of the event, in which female CEOs of three startup companies discussed their stories in founding and running companies. The event also included visits to cultural sites and startup businesses. 

Taiwan has been named "super innovator" by the World Economic Forum. Through holding these APEC events, Taipei Tech is demonstrating Taiwan’s entrepreneurship energy and innovation ecosystem to the world.