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Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Tuesday donated books to National Chi Nan University in Nantou County, central Taiwan, in a bid to boost the university's book reserves.
The AIT, which represents the U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, said that the donation of 155 books featuring American culture is expected to broaden views about the United States for the university's faculty and students.
On behalf of the AIT, Public Diplomacy Section Chief of the institute Joseph Bookbinder gave the 155 books to the university in a donation ceremony, while Yuhlong Oliver Su (蘇玉龍), president of the university, received the book donation.
The AIT said that although National Chi Nan University is one of the renowned national-level universities in Taiwan, because the school is located in Nantou, which is a relatively rural area in the country, it enjoys fewer educational resources compared with its counterparts.
The AIT said that the book donation is expected to help the university reverse such a disadvantage by raising its global perspective. The AIT added that the book donation has a special meaning since these books will no doubt make the university more internationally-oriented.
According to the university, the books donated by the AIT encompass a wide range of topics, such as American literature, culture, history, politics, and economics. In addition, some of the donated books provide students with information about studies in the United States.
The university said that it is certain that the book donation from the AIT will raise book reserves for the school's library, while these books are expected to help the school conduct in-depth studies and research about the United States.
The university added that the newly donated books from the AIT are expected to help the school strengthen its teaching and research capabilities, while these books are also expected to enrich the leisure time of its faculty and students.
After the donation ceremony, the AIT held a forum on the American civil war. In the forum, teachers and students showed great interest in American history and culture, and had warm interactions with the speakers in the event.
(By Hsiao Po-yang and Frances Huang)