Global Taiwan Studies Initiative

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Putting Taiwan at the centre of global conversations

The Global Taiwan Studies (GTS) Initiative at the University of Toronto brings Taiwan into comparative discussions and global conversations. Rather than thinking, studying, and seeing Taiwan in isolation, GTS situates a dynamic Taiwan into a rapidly changing global context. The program is uniquely multi- and inter-disciplinary, bridging conversations from engineering to policy, from politics to cinema.

The Global Taiwan Lecture Series

We foster public engagement through academic seminars, lectures, panels, roundtables, and cinematic forums.

Our activities

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Big Ideas Competition: Exploring Global Taiwan

The Global Taiwan Studies Initiative’s Big Ideas Competition: Exploring Global Taiwan supports outstanding student experiential research connected to Taiwan. Read about this year’s competition and previous student research projects.

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Graduate seminar

We sponsor Seeing Taiwana graduate seminar taught by leading scholars of Taiwan and global affairs. Offered through the Munk School's MGA program, the course is also open to students in the Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies and other departments. The seminar uses Taiwan to examine contemporary and historical global issues, including state-building, environmental politics, colonialism and empire, the politics of memory, innovation and urbanism, and visual culture.

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Taiwan Gazette

Taiwan Gazette is a platform committed to translating and publishing original reporting from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Supervised by the Initiative, it publishes translated works from Taiwan’s most popular Chinese-language new media websites, including The Reporter (報導者), Initium Media (端傳媒), StoryStudio (故事), and more. It also covers Taiwan-related events happening on campus by tapping into the University of Toronto’s active research network.

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Mandarin Language Scholarships

The Huayu Enrichment Scholarship encourages University of Toronto students to undertake Mandarin language courses in Taiwan.

Download the program poster to learn more and apply!

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Director, Global Taiwan Studies Initiative


Research Coordinator, Asian Institute