To keep pace with the ever-changing international situation requires each one of us to be committed to cross-border, cross-disciplinary collaboration as well as educational causes. That was why when Mr. Giuseppe Izzo, chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT), Sammy Su, director of the Low Carbon Initiative at the ECCT, and Prof. Hsiao-Wei Yuan, director of the MOST Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE), along with their colleagues, visited the Tang Prize Foundation on March 31st, they were eager to talk about how to work with the Foundation to explore the possibility of taking part in more international activities.
Established in 2012, the Tang Prize has become one of the most prominent academic awards in Taiwan and has so far picked up 19 laureates, all of them top-notch scholars or activists who have made great contributions to human society, including the 2014 winners in Biopharmaceutical Science, Dr. James P. Allison and Prof. Tasuku Honjo. Together they received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2018.
Starting up his friendship with the Foundation when it was just a nascent institution, Mr. Izzo reminisced about the Tang Prize events he has been participating in over the years, taking pride in its development but also suggesting that the Foundation could push for more promotional opportunities in the international arena.
On the other hand, Prof. Yuan noted the affinity between the Foundation and the GASE when it comes to extending young students’ knowledge of academic research and voiced hope for active mutual cooperation on this front, such as inviting Tang Prize laureates to Taiwan to give students a wonderful chance of exchanging ideas with these renowned experts in science and the humanities.
In response, Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern, CEO of the Foundation, expressed his gratitude for their appreciation of the increasing significance the Tang Prize, and looked forward to further discussions with them so as to work out the details on how to help the Foundation grow steadily and successfully.