On 13–26 August, a VMU senior coordinator of the Centre for Asian Studies, Gheorghe-Alexandru Fratila, had a visit to the National Chengchi University of Taipei, Taiwan, for a training program of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. During this visit, he has undergone an intensive training session concerning the improvement of skills required to achieve an optimal teaching performance of Chinese as a foreign language, including teaching material selection and administration, effective time management, key student approach techniques, required drill procedures, and insight on how native teachers present and describe the long-term language teaching process.

Moreover, this visit provided the opportunity to visit important cultural objectives in Taiwan, including the National Library, the Presidential Palace, the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial hall, and many others, which have been instrumental in gaining a better understanding on the unique cultural richness of Taiwan and the special structure of Taiwanese culture and society, which will all be important assets in future Taiwan-related research and collaboration.

The visit was supported by the Taipei Mission in Latvia and the Taiwanese Representative Office in Poland, in collaboration with the Centre for Asian Studies of Vytautas Magnus University.