Thanks to the cooperation of the capital city of Prague and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, the first technological aids from Taiwan will arrive at Prague this week. Students of two of Prague’s schools will now have the possibility to learn with the help of robots and spectrum analyzers. Prague and Taiwan have become increasingly close in recent years. This year, the City of Prague, together with the Taiwanese side, are preparing projects to strengthen the partnership and focus on sharing know-how in the fields of science, technology and education.
“At the beginning of 2020, we raised the partnership that Prague has had with Taipei since 2001 to the level of sister cities and thus deepened cooperation with Taiwan. I appreciate that our cooperation is based on mutual respect and reciprocity and is constantly bearing fruit. These school supplies are another concrete and practical result of this inspiring collaboration. Robots for Prague schools are only the first example in this area, followed by other projects that we are currently discussing, ”says the mayor of the capital city of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib.
Strengthening the Prague – Taiwan partnership
As early as January 2020, the Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, and the Mayor of the Taiwanese capital, Taipei, Kche Wen-ce, signed a partnership agreement on economic, trade and cultural cooperation between the two cities. Three other memoranda were also concluded, such as cooperation between zoos. The partnership was agreed upon by the management of Prague during a visit to Taiwan, and at the end of the 2019 Prague’s representatives approved the plan, laying the groundwork for further cooperation in the future. Mr Hřib further stated that despite the undeniable geographical distance, a number of things connect the two cities, such as respect for democracy and human rights or interest in smart technologies and the effort to use them in the administration of public affairs. According to the approved documents, Prague could be inspired by the experience of the Taiwanese side with the use of smart solutions in healthcare, education or transport.
“Prague is known for its rich history and quality architecture, however, the current management of Prague is heading into the future. It uses technology and innovation to raise the standard of living of its citizens. As part of our partnership, we share best practices that will help us grow with each other. I am glad that we have agreed on a joint approach in the field of science and education,”adds Ke Liang-ruey, director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office.
Prague students will have new robots and spectrum analyzers
The received robotic arms are a great interactive tool that will help students prepare for the dynamic development of society. Thanks to this gift from Taiwan, Prague students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the practical teaching of robotics on a much larger scale and at a higher level than before. The schools will use these robots in teaching computer science and in project teaching – students will get acquainted with a wide range of practical tasks, such as building a model house, robotic chemistry or a model production line. Robotics is gradually becoming a part of general education and it is necessary to gradually acquaint students with the possibilities of industrial automation and prepare them for the challenges of Industry 4.0.