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Joint R&D center opening highlights growing Taiwan-India academic ties

Academics, business representatives and officials are all smiles at the inauguration ceremony of the Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning July 27 in Rupnagar, India. (Courtesy of MOST)

Academics, business representatives and officials are all smiles at the inauguration ceremony of the Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning July 27 in Rupnagar, India. (Courtesy of MOST)

The Indo-Taiwan Joint Research Center on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning was inaugurated July 27 in Rupnagar, India, underscoring government efforts to deepen academic ties with the New Southbound Policy target country.
 
Supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the facility is a joint initiative among National Chung Cheng University in southern Taiwan’s Chiayi County, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, and Chitkara University. It will serve as a hub for academic-industrial cooperation, faculty-student exchanges and R&D.
 
At the inauguration ceremony, MOST Deputy Minister Hsu Yu-chin said the center is the first AI collaborative venture between tertiary institutions in Taiwan and India. Going forward, joint projects are expected to encompass a wide range of areas like microelectronics and space technology, he added.
 
Prior to the inauguration, the MOST and Indian Council of Social Science Research signed a memorandum of understanding on boosting cooperation in the field of social sciences. The pact was inked on behalf of their respective sides by Hsu and ICSSR Member Secretary Virendra Kumar Malhotra.

Tien Chung-kwang, representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, said at the signing that the subcontinent is a region of diverse customs, languages and religions. Given Taiwan’s rich culture, expanded collaboration in this discipline will offer significant benefits to both sides, he added.
 
A key plank in the government’s national development strategy, the NSP is enhancing Taiwan’s agricultural, business, cultural, education, tourism and trade ties with the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand. (CPY-E)