Global Initiatives Symposium in Taiwan (GIS Taiwan)

GIS Taiwan

The GIS Taiwan is organised by students from the National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan’s highest ranked university. The symposium hopes to gather together youth leaders from around the world to discuss and debate current events and to put forward their own innovative and forward-thinking ideas about these issues. The program intends for participants, through attending the program will gain a deeper understanding of the world in which they live providing hopes for a brighter tomorrow. The annual Conference is normally held in July.


Who can apply?

Applicants are mainly undergraduate or graduate students. High-school students can apply via High-School Program.


Funding information

The cost of the conference is $USD120 (or early bird of $USD100) this includes accommodation and registration fee. Applicants who qualify for financial aid will be reimbursed for the accommodation and registration fee after the conference. Residents of Taiwan (or foreign students studying in Taiwan) are ineligible to apply for financial aid. For those who wish to apply for financial assistance, students must write an essay of between 800-1500 words. The essay is an extension of the proposal (see below). In the essay, students are able to further develop their proposal and put forward innovative solutions to the problems raised in the proposal. The essay must be written in an academic style with citations from academic sources.


How to apply?

Students must first submit a proposal between 250-350 words, in which students must put forward a case they would like to discuss (e.g. a person, organization or company). The analysis must include a discussion of the challenges it faces or the direction in which it is headed. Students must include their own perspective on the case. Potential themes could include Ecology and Conservation, Cultural Preservation, Medical Technology or Sustainable Development. For those who wish to apply for the essay for financial aid, this case study serves as the basis of the essay (see above).

For more information please see the GIS website.

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Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus

Marie-Alice McLean-Dreyfus has lived in Taiwan for two years where she was studying and working. She speaks Chinese and French.

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