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Taiwanese delegation visits university to create new education and trade links

26 June 2016


AN international trade delegation from Taiwan has been welcomed to North East Wales in a push to develop business and educational links.

The delegation, from the Taipei Representative Office in the UK, were invited to the region by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas.

During their visit, they visited Wrexham Glyndwr University and met with senior staff, saw the work of the university’s composites centre, and visited a range of north East Wales companies, including Prysmian Cables, Wockhardt, and Airbus.

A reception and dinner were held at Wrexham Glyndwr where the delegation met a series of Wrexham businesses and made a presentation about building links between Taiwan and Wales.

Wrexham MP Ian Lucas said: “The delegation was very successful and I know that links between Wrexham and Taiwan are being discussed right now as a direct result of the visit. It is good to know that international partnerships- in education and in trade- are being forged because of this visit.

“When I first visited Taiwan, I was keen to promote Wrexham – and this visit has certainly helped to do that. I am very grateful to Glyndwr University and each member of staff there who helped to make this visit a success.

“Building global links like those with Taiwan is hugely important for Wrexham. I am delighted that this visit helped us to show Wrexham at its best.”

Wrexham Glyndwr University Vice Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, said: “Welcoming the delegation from Taiwan was a huge opportunity for Wrexham and the University to create new links internationally.

“We were delighted to host them and help support their visit to important academic and industry partners in north east Wales, building new relationships.

“This visit has also given local businesses the chance to network and gain contacts both with Taiwan and with the university– it’s been a great opportunity to maximise and expand Wrexham’s local and international links.

She added: “Wrexham Glyndwr University is keen to explore further work, such as Taiwan’s interest in the renewable energy sector where we have a significant education and research track record. But other ideas have emerged too, such as internships for our students and graduates with Wrexham-based companies that are active in Taiwan.

“I’d like thank Ian Lucas MP and our School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering for arranging the programme.”