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2013.0602

NTNU hosts international family policy conference

The Ministry of Education will consider holding a second conference next year on family and urban policies after the success of last weekend's conference, hosted by NTNU's Department of Human Development and Family Studies. The two-day event brought together academics, professionals, and government representatives from Taiwan and abroad to discuss some of the country's major pressing social issues.


Even though this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Family Education Act, Taiwan "strictly speaking does not have any real family policies," according to NTNU professor Huang Nai-yu (黃迺毓). Last week's conference endeavored to stir up conversation about family education and planning by bringing together experts and local representatives, including Taitung County head Justin Huang (黃健庭) and deputy mayors from New Taipei and Tainan cities. International speakers hailed from the United States, Australia, Singapore, and South Korea.


The event was the first-ever interdisciplinary forum on family education, said NTNU's Professor Huang, who hopes that any future conferences can deal with ground not covered by this year's meeting.