Slovakia’s Deputy Economy Minister Karol Galek and his delegation called on Minister Tsung-Tsong Wu of the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) on December 7th. The delegation consists of representatives from the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency, the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport, the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) and the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.
Minister Wu welcomed the Slovak Delegation, and expressed his appreciation for their visit right after Taiwan’s delegation visited Slovakia in October. He also reiterated that MOST spares no effort to promote Taiwan-Slovakia S&T cooperation, and expects to expand the cooperation in the future, such as setting up cooperation programs between Hsinchu Science Park and Slovakia’s Science and Technology Research Parks, as well as establishing a bilateral cooperation in the space industry. Deputy Minister Galek expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have a high-level dialogue with Minister Wu and other officials.
Director General Dr. Andrea Hsu of the Department of Academia-Industry Collaboration and Science Park Affairs made a brief presentation to introduce MOST’s strategies and implementation programs to promote academia-industry collaboration. Dr. Hsu especially highlighted the features of added-value, linkage and startups, and hopes to deepen the cooperation with Slovakia through sharing Taiwan's experiences and creating mutual prosperity for universities, enterprises and new ventures of both sides.
Director General Dr. Chih-Peng Li of the Department of Engineering and Technologies gave a briefing on semiconductor and microelectronics in Taiwan. Director General Dr. Wen-Kuan Yeh of the Taiwan Semiconductor Research Institute (TSRI) invited the Slovak delegation to visit TSRI on Wednesday.
The Slovak Delegtion is to visit Hisnuch on Wednesday. The Hsinchu Sciencepark Bureau would provide overview presentation and park tour in the morning. Acting President of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) Dr. Bou-Wen Lin will host the technical tour in the afternoon for the delegation to visit National Space Organization (NSPO) and TSRI.
Dr. Wayne Wang, Director General of Hsinchu Science Park Bureau, who co-signed an MoU with Zilina University in October, also looks forward to meeting the delegation in Hsinchu on the 8th and signing an MoU with the Technical University of Kosice (TUKE).
Furthermore, the NSPO and the Slovak Space Office have conducted virtual meetings for space science and technology cooperation. Dr. Jong-Shinn Wu, Director General of NSPO will co-sign an MoU on Wednesday with Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), represented by Mr. Michal Brichta, head of Slovak Space Office.
Over the years, MOST, SAS and Slovakia’s Research and Development Agency (SRDA) have jointly subsidized scientists and researchers to conduct Joint Research Projects (JRP) and Project-based Personnel Exchange Programs (PPP) through bilateral agreements. When Minister Wu visited the SAS in October, he exchanged views with SAS and SRDA on the on-going programs. Dr. Vladimír Bužek of the Research Center for Quantum Information (RCQI) presented the quantum information science research in SAS and arranged a technical tour to introduce the first network between Vienna and Bratislava.
Taiwan plans to invest $8 billion TWD (US$288.2 million) from 2022 to 2026 to create an industry cooperation platform. MOST, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Academia Sinica have teamed up to form a Quantum Taiwan Team to develop core technologies and cultivate talents. Minister Wu looks forward to enhancing bilateral science and technology cooperation and expanding cooperation in quantum information fields with SAS, hoping to pave the way for connecting Taiwan’s scientific community with Europe in quantum technology research.
Ms. Jennifer Hu
Department of International Cooperation and Science Education
Ministry of Science and Technology