February 22, 2023
U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative Third High-Level Dialogue:
Continued Cooperation on Promoting International Education
Following the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative MOU signing in December 2020, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the third high-level dialogue on February 22, 2023, including participation by a U.S. delegation led by State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) Camille Dawson. The dialogue highlights the importance of cooperation on international education among likeminded, democratic partners in support of free and open education and the value of academic freedom, free of coercion and censorship.
The dialogue, conducted both in-person and virtually, was led on the U.S. side by Daniel Kritenbrink, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and on the Taiwan side by Deputy Secretary-General of Taiwan’s National Security Council Szu-chien Hsu. U.S. attendees included Deputy Assistant Secretary for EAP Camille Dawson (in person), Managing Director of AIT Washington Ingrid Larson (in person), U.S. Department of Education Chief of Staff Shelia Nix and Senior Advisor and Director of International Affairs Maureen McLaughlin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Ethan Rosenzweig and ECA Senior Policy Advisor David Plack, as well as AIT Acting Director Jeremy Cornforth (in person) and Chief of Public Diplomacy Section Diane Sovereign (in person).
Taiwan’s in person participation included Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Roy Lee and Vice Minister Alexander Tah-ray Yui, Deputy Minister of Education Mon-Chi Lio, Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Vice Minister Roy Leu, National Development Council (NDC) Deputy Minister Keh-her Shih and Director General Connie Chang, MOFA Deputy Director General Jason Ma, Ministry of Education Director General Nicole Lee, and OCAC Director General Hong-Ying Lin.
During the dialogue, both sides took stock of achievements to date, explored ways to enhance and expand existing programs for two-way educational exchange between the United States and Taiwan, and reaffirmed their joint commitment to deepening cooperation on international education. To learn more about the progress on the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative, please refer to the U.S.-Taiwan Education Factsheet.