Asia Programs: Programs

Taiwan Leadership Program Press Release

November 19 , 2001
Dean Joseph S. Nye, Jr. of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University received a check for $1,000,000 from Dr. C. K. Liu, Director General of the Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Boston on Monday, November 19, 2001 in support of the new KSG Harvard-Taiwan Leadership Program. This program, formalized in a memo of understanding signed between Dean Nye and Foreign Minister Hung-mao Tien of the Republic of China, offers a unique opportunity for collaboration between the Kennedy School and Taiwan’s current and emerging leaders.

As part of Asia Programs at the Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government, the program will include practical training for a select group of 13 government leaders and top scholars from Taiwan who will participate in various residential executive education programs at Harvard; applied research on economic and social developments in the region; and institutional exchange between Harvard’s world-renowned faculty and Taiwan’s political and academic leadership through workshops and conferences in Cambridge and Taiwan.

The Kennedy School’s Asia Programs is committed to promoting research and discussion on public policy issues pertaining to both sides of the Taiwan Straits. Beginning in 2002, the new program will join a host of other initiatives that span activities in mainland China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Asia-Pacific region as an integrated whole. Possible research topics that may be pursued through the KSG-Taiwan Leadership Program include the implications of WTO entry for both the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China and scientific-technological development in Taiwan.
“The new program offers a unique opportunity to enhance relationships in the region; build cultural understanding, academic excellence and mutual respect among various entities in the East Asia region; and advance excellence in public policy and global leadership in Taiwan and the United States,” said Professor Anthony Saich, Faculty Chair of Asia Programs.