Australian University Sport (AUS) Visits Taiwan to Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
AUS CEO Meets Sports Administration to Promote Bilateral Sports and Academic Exchanges
The Australian University Sport (AUS) CEO Don Knapp visited Taiwan from October 19 to the 22, and on October 20 signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF). AUS is the first university sport federation to sign an exchange agreement with CTUSF, a major achievement in our nation's efforts to promote university international exchanges. On October 21, Chief Secretary Han-chong Wang of Sports Administration met with AUS CEO Don Knapp to share respective ideas and initiatives for future sports exchanges.
CEO Don Knapp said that Taiwan and Australia have a lot in common. Aside from both being island nation with a population of 23 million, the two nation's share many similarities involving sports initiatives. For instance, recently the Australian government has been emphasizing the expansion of exchanges and interactions with nations throughout Asia and this November the AUS will participate in the Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) General Assembly held in Xiamen, China, seeking opportunities to participate in Asian university sports exchanges and activities. Right now our nation is promoting the New Southbound Policy and Australia is one of the key targets. Signing this MoU will allow both sides to engage in more specialized exchanges in the future.
CEO Don Knapp explained that the AUS holds the Australian University Games biannually in September. These Games include 32 sports and about 6,500 students from around the nation compete. Plans are currently underway to add an international group, and once established, a delegation from Taiwan will be invited to compete. Chief Secretary Wang, Sports Administration also anticipates that promoting exchanges in each nation's respective powerhouse sports, such as our nation's weightlifting, baseball, and taekwondo and Australia's basketball, swimming, and canoeing will serve to both increase intercollegiate exchanges and strengthen the friendship and cooperation between our two nations.