Lithuania and Taiwan discuss collaboration in fields of science and technology

Lithuania and Taiwan plan on expanding collaboration in the fields of science and technology. On 24th of July, delegates of Taiwan’s national academic institution Academia Sinica visited the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport to discuss collaboration opportunities in scientific research and international exchange programmes for researchers.

“Research is one of our top priorities. We already have an agreement on education and science, where we established what results we expect from our researchers. Without international cooperation it is difficult to imagine a breakthrough in science,“ said Gintautas Jakštas, the Minister of Education, Science and Sport.

According to the Minister, to achieve the desirable results it is important that more Lithuanian researchers use the opportunity to participate in international exchange programmes in Taiwan. It was also suggested that those who participate in a national programme designed to support young researchers could have the opportunity to do their research not only in Lithuania, but also in Taiwan.

Dr. Gintaras Valinčius, the Chairman of Research Council of Lithuania, said that this year could be called the year of Lithuania and Taiwan's scientific collaboration.

“We established very close relations with the National Science and Technology Council in Taipei and plan to collaborate more closely in the fields of biomedicine, environmental sciences, laser physics, etc. This is an opportunity for Lithuanian and Taiwanese scientists to establish collaborative links, which will deliver results in the form of new technologies, knowledge, as well as new specialists and researchers”, said Dr. G.Valinčius.

Academia Sinica currently has 24 institutes and 8 research centers located in three research sections: the Mathematics and Physical Sciences Division, Life Sciences Division, and Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. The have launched collaborations with academic institutions worldwide, signing cooperation agreements with 57 countries and 608 domestic and international research institutes. 

In recent years, Academia Sinica has attained influential results in biomedical sciences, basic biology, basic physics, structural biology, astrophysics, information sciences, as well as in history, Sinology, and the social sciences.