Chia Yin Lin, Margaret Hayes,  ms Hsiu Lin and Fran Silk  welcome the Rotary Cultural Exchange visitors to the Tweed.
Chia Yin Lin, Margaret Hayes, ms Hsiu Lin and Fran Silk welcome the Rotary Cultural Exchange visitors to the Tweed. Tweed Daily News

Taiwanese swap knowledge

TAIWANESE professionals visiting Australia as part of a five-week “knowledge exchange” were yesterday shown around the Tweed.

The five ladies, on an Australian Rotary Group Study Exchange, visited Tweed Shire Council, The Tweed Hospital, Southern Cross University and a local marketing firm, to meet with peers and research Australian practices.

Researcher Chai-Yin Lin is from the Department of Health in Taiwan.

“I am studying Australia's cancer-prevention policy and the new cervical cancer vaccine,” she said.

The Gold Coast is the final leg of their trip, which has taken them all over south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Ms Lin said the group enjoyed some time on the beaches at Yamba and were delighted to spot some koalas and kangaroos in the wild at Ballina.

Ms Lin's other team members are Hsiu-Lin Cheng of the National Communications Commission, Pei-Chun Pegi Tsai from the Research Development and Evaluation Commission and Hui-Chen, an art director, as well as team leader, Rotarian Victoria Chen, general manager of Funshare Enterprises

Group members are being hosted by local Rotarians during their stay, international director for Tweed Heads South Rotary Garry Pymont said.

“Group Study Exchange has a cultural as well as a vocational focus, and today's vocational visits can bring as much benefit to the Australian host as to the visitor,” he said yesterday.

“Ms Chen's team will attend our District Conference at Seagulls this weekend, from April 3 to 5, and meet with an Australian GSE team about to depart on exchange to Taiwan and another about to leave for the Caribbean,” he said.

The group will also speak at the conference about Taiwanese his- tory and culture and performing a traditional dance.



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