Taiwan is rated as “free” in the 2019 Freedom in the World report, the 21st consecutive year for the country to achieve the classification, in the annual assessment produced by U.S.-based nongovernmental organization Freedom House.
President Tsai Ing-wen said Feb. 25 that the opening of a driverless vehicle testing site in southern Taiwan’s Tainan City marks a milestone in efforts to foster technological development in the key emerging sector.
A memorandum of understanding on semiconductor development, innovation and production was recently signed by Taipei City-headquartered National Applied Research Laboratories and Melbourne-based Australian National Fabrication Facility.
Taiwan is the top country in Asia in terms of giving women and men equal rights under the law, according to a women's empowerment study released recently by the World Bank.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is set to launch a Taiwan chapter with the aim of deepening collaboration with public and private sector institutions and strengthening local advisory and research work, according to the global press freedom watchdog Feb. 25.
Taiwan won 17 gold, 19 silver and 31 bronze medals at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, marking its best result at the event for two decades and placing it seventh among the 45 participating countries and territories. From this haul, 15 medals went to students at National Taiwan Sport University in the northern city of Taoyuan, the country’s foremost tertiary institution for cultivating elite competitors and promoting related research.
Taiwan’s agricultural exports increased 9.8 percent year on year to a two-decade high of US$5.47 billion in 2018, according to the Council of Agriculture Feb. 16.
A special exhibition is set to be staged to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Lantern Festival featuring past centerpieces and a virtual reality film starting Feb. 19 in the southern county of Pingtung.
A memorandum of understanding on providing smart health care services for seniors was concluded Feb. 12 by Industrial Technology Research Institute and National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin Branch, underscoring the country’s efforts to deal with an aging population.
Taiwan maintained its global leadership in integrated circuit 200mm-equivalent wafer fab capacity for the fourth consecutive year, according to U.S.-based IC Insights Inc.