At the Cabinet's weekly meeting on Thursday, Premier Chen Chien-jen received a briefing from the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) on efforts to bring popular science to a wider audience. The premier said that to consolidate the nation's scientific research capabilities he has instructed the NSTC to continue its work with Academia Sinica, the Ministry of Education and related ministries and government agencies to integrate private-sector popular science resources and jointly promote science education.
The government has consistently placed a strong emphasis on education and the cultivation of talent, and the nation's cumulative strength in science and technology is recognized around the globe, the premier said. As one of the world's high-tech powerhouses, Taiwan must continue investing in the next generation of talent in order to consolidate the nation's research capabilities, respond to social challenges at home and abroad, and maintain national security.
Premier Chen directed relevant ministries and agencies to work together to promote popular science, and coordinate with the NSTC to hold educational activities such as opening the doors of science and technology facilities to the public. The premier also called on ministries and agencies to translate the contents of these measures into terms easily understandable and relatable to people's lives.