Signifying a joint aspiration to promote and strengthen scientific co-operation between Scotland and Taiwan, the RSE signed a refreshed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Science and Technology Council, Taiwan (NSTC) on Friday 22 March 2024 in Taipei.

RSE-NSTC MoU signing
RSE-NSTC MoU signing with Professor Mona Siddiqui, RSE Vice President International (left) and Dr Yi-Juang Chern, Deputy Minister of NSTC (right)

The RSE and the NSTC – formerly the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan – first entered a formal agreement in November 2001. The signing of this renewed MoU will build on the alliance established and the activities delivered through the previous agreement.

Signed by RSE Vice President, International, Professor Mona Siddiqui and Deputy Minister of NSTC, Dr Yi-Juang Chern, the agreement sets out the commitment to fund academic exchanges between the two countries through International Bilateral Visits, International Joint Projects, and joint activity to promote research of importance for the scholarly communities in Scotland and Taiwan.

Professor Mona Siddiqui commented,

The RSE is delighted to be formalising our partnership with the NSTC. Developing strategic affiliations is at the heart of the RSE’s international work to ensure we engage with opportunities across the globe to showcase the best of Scottish research, drive international networks, and address global challenges. The signing of this MoU aligns with the RSE’s core mission to make knowledge useful and compounds the mutual goal of both our institutions to further international research collaboration.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister Chen emphasised that the renewal of the MoU will enhance the partnership between Taiwan and Scotland in science and technology cooperation, with future endeavours involving more and deeper interchange activities. In addressing global challenges, she believed that, collectively, both sides could actually solve several important global issues for a better future for Taiwan and also for Scotland.