It has been eleven years since we launched the International Internship Program and seven years since we began administering Pilot Overseas Internships, a program sponsored by the Ministry of Education. Under the guidance of God and the support from the Ministry of Education, the university, members of the business community, and colleagues, we were able to accomplish so much this year and in many instances exceeded expectations.
Secondly, Mr. Kim Tsai, Chairman of Mobiletron Co. Ltd., donated NT $2,000,000 in scholarship money to support low-income students to intern abroad. He also encouraged the scholarship recipients to give back to their alma mater in the future, so that more of their fellow students can continue to participate in international internship programs.
Thirdly, we have formed a partnership with the Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV). We have also expanded our internship program to allow Italian students to intern in Taiwan. Three students from IUAV interned in Taiwan this year.
Fourthly, through the Multicultural and Multinational Industry Internship Program, sponsored by the Ministry of Education, we are now able to offer internship opportunities to students outside of Tunghai University. We also assist other schools in applying for Pilot Overseas Internships. We hope to foster cooperation instead of competition among universities.
Fifthly, this is the third year we have organized a group of volunteers to serve the elementary schools located in Zhongliao, Nantou. Our volunteers included students from schools other than Tungahi, like Da-Yeh University, Tamkang University, and National Taipei University of Technology. This year we also had foreign students join our group of volunteers: ten from the United States, one from France, and two from Indonesia. So through this service-learning experience, students had the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and countries.
Lastly, we have partnered with the Corporate Synergy Development Center, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs to build a Global Talent Platform and promote the Global Talent Recruitment and Cultivation Program. Schools that have joined this platform include National Sun Yat-sen University, Providence University, Feng Chia University, and Asia University.
Throughout the years, our goal has been to create a better future for our students and to produce talent that the society needs. We draw our support from the university, the government, and parents of our students. We have faced a lot of adversity, but such adversity has helped us learn how to overcome obstacles, how to deal with criticism and fear of failure, and how to appreciate our own achievements. Through the International Internship Program, we have pursued innovation in education and built a framework for a Sustainable Talent Pipeline. We hope that more schools and companies join our efforts in education reform and improving career placement for college students.