Twenty Somalilander aspirants have succeeded to qualify for higher education and field-specific specialization programs in Taiwan.
According to the Taiwan Representative office in Hargeisa, Somaliland, 13 of the awardees would benefit from a direct Taiwanese government grant while the remaining seven would be funded by the International Cooperation and Development (ISCDF) of Taiwan.
The awards range from PhD to Bachelors. Taipei, Taichung, Pingtung, Hualien, Kaohsiung and Tainan cities will be hosting this first batch of Somaliland students. Most of the scholarships are either health or agriculture-related.
The Taiwan-Somaliland Education Cooperation is jointly run, on the Somaliland side, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Education and Science and the Higher Education Council.
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In an unrelated but similarly telling contribution, the Representative office handed over computers to the Siilaanyo National Library – a gesture that had struck delighted chords in the book repository’s management.
A press release related to the donation stated:
Taiwan Government and the “Simply Help” foundation based in the USA work together again to donate computers to Silanyo National Library to promote digital education and to shorten the digital gap.
Ambassador Allen C. Lou of the Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland underscores Taiwan Government’s efforts to integrate resources from NGOs and private enterprises to channel to Somaliland. People believe that education is the foundation of a country’s development and digital learning is the trend in the 21st century. Through computers donation and internet links, Ambassador Allen hopes to remove the geographical barriers for the Somaliland students, to have leaping learning opportunities and to cope with peers around the world.
In August 2016 Taiwanese mission in Dubai Ambassador Jerry Yang handed over five batches of laptop computers to the Somaliland diplomatic envoy in the UAE Ambassador Bashe Awil Haji Omar. This Office is pleased Somaliland Government distributed computers donated by Taiwan Government to Nugaal University, Burao University, Berbera Maritime University, (Laptop), Tima-ade University, and Erigavo University.
Ambassador Allen visited Silanyo National Library on 16th March 2021. The history and vision were shared. Seeing monthly 5,000 students uses 10 computers, this Office past the request to the NGOs to donate computers to help the local students. The Simply Help Foundation echoed. It is a good beginning. It is also believed that “a good beginning is half the success.”
Regarding ICT cooperation in Somaliland, TaiwanICDF technical mission started the “E-government Capability Enhancement Project” last year to enhance government network management and capacity building and to establish the data exchange.
Regarding the Taiwan Scholarships, it is expected that the Somaliland people will be benefited it. And this Office is scheduled to announce the scholarship recipients very soon.
Ambassador recalled his studies at the libraries in Taiwan. It is believed that young talents can build dreams through education. It is believed that wealth, beauty and foods can be gained through diligent study (書中自有黃金屋，書中自有顏如玉，書中自有千鍾粟). It is believed that once young talents are equipped with big wings, the sky is their limit. It is proud to say “ YES, we can” loudly to the world.