In order to let the foreigners in Taiwan feel the traditional New Year atmosphere, the Office of International Affairs of the National Taiwan Normal University held an overseas Spring Festival party on January 13, with wonderful performances, food and lucky draws (the biggest prize is the ipad mini) and games, to prepare a Taiwanese New Year celebration for oversea students.
The Division of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students has the largest overseas student in Taiwan. To welcome the upcoming lunar New Year, a luncheon was held on January 6th at the student restaurant of Linkou campus. Every year, the DPPOCS will held a ceremony worshipping ancestors in accordance with formal rituals. President Chang is the officiate. Guests from the Ministry of Education and other officials came and joined the worshipping ceremony. By this event, students can chat with their friends and greeted each other.
Upon the arrival of Christmas, MTC has prepared a set of celebration events for foreign students that come to Taiwan to study. In the morning of December 23rd, small gifts were available and the most expected Christmas singing contest was held. Students, faculties and teachers all enjoyed a happy evening.
The Taiwan team, trained by professors of NTNU, had a good showing at the 13th International Junior Science Olympiad. Six delegates from Taiwan won 5 gold and 1 silver medals and boosts the best performance of all countries. Lai Chun Mao from Tainan Jiansing Junior High School grabbed two individual prizes — best theoretician and best overall student — for his outstanding performance in the competition.