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34th issue by KSU on April 2013

Education

After being in Taiwan for more than 5 years, I’ve had the chance to see how things are done and solved in different ways. This has given me the opportunity to appreciate and compare Honduras and Taiwan in many aspects.

As one of the countries with the slowest development in Latin America, Honduras has a lot to learn from Taiwan in terms of safety, politics, economy, ecology protection, urbanism and waste recycling, just to mention few.

To help improve the situation in Honduras, I would definitely like to implement in my country some of the systems used in Taiwan. But if I have to decide on one system that we desperately need to imitate from Taiwan, is without doubt, education. Why? First of all, I believe that education represents one of the most important factors in the development of a country and ensures the success of a nation.

Swaziland is a developing country with many public health problems such as high rates of maternal and infant mortality, among others. These can be solved my adopting some concepts from Taiwan’s systems especially in the education and health systems. I believe an educated nation is better able to practise good health seeking behavior and to subsequently live a healthy lifestyle. Health and education are priority investment areas for many developing countries. As a health professional, I have seen in practice, the disparities between educated and less educated people; how their judgments differ, life style, health seeking, and many more, which in-turn affect their health. Therefore, it is inevitable that health and education cannot be separated as they are positively related. Swaziland can adopt some concepts from Taiwan to try and combat some of the problems we have, since Taiwan already has an excellent health and education system.

Vietnam, a country with a population of 90 million is still developing. Recently, the country’s two- digit economic growth rate and a stable political environment have helped to draw lots of investment, which contributes to the improvement of its infrastructure. Transport system is one of major elements of a country’s infrastructures. A good transport system will not only speed up the circulation of goods and services, but it will also raise the people’s quality of life. To Vietnam’s national planners, building a developed transport system which works effectively for a long term is critically important.

Not far away from Vietnam, in the South China Sea lies Taiwan, a small island with an amazing economic development. This high income country has a developed transport system which is a good case for any national planners to examine in order to sketch out and implement plans for improving a country’s transport system. 

Where are the buses when you need them?

I am from a country that can be fit inside of Taipei not Taiwan , let us say, three times- I might be wrong as it could be less or it could be more. However, I am appalled by the way our transportation system works. Our public transportation system in St Kitts and Nevis is efficient enough for a people of about 50,000 but could be altered a little.

If I am to suggest to the head of my country a system that will be beneficial socially, physically and economically to St Kitts and Nevis, it would be of course the introduction of a Metro Rail Transit Station.

Hello! My name is Allan Sanchez and I’m from Honduras. If I could implement a Taiwanese system in my country it would definitely be the transportation system. Ever since I got here I realized how efficient and reliable this system is.

Highways

The integration of communication technologies into the transportation infrastructure improves the safety, mobility and sustainability of the system. Wide and modern highways enable the transit of vehicles at higher speeds. The number of lanes varies along the highway and it is usually between 2 and 5 lanes for each direction. Additionally, the quality of the road is excellent. Potholes and other road faults are practically inexistent. In my country this is a big issue since drivers have to dodge big potholes sometimes covered completely by water. The highway design is heavily based on the Interstate Highway System of the United States. Most of the road signs contain an English translation and locations are often written with its respective Pinyin, which makes it easier for foreign drivers. Moreover, drivers have access to advanced traveler information systems such as precise mapping technology and driver assistance.  In order to control over speeding and drunk driving, speed enforcement cameras and tolls are strategically located along the highway. A big advantage of Taiwanese highways is that they are usually straight and lack of strong curves thanks to its topography.

TAIWAN RAILWAY SYSTEM IN EL SALVADOR

Taiwan, a small island in the Asian continent, is amazing in so many ways. The people, the culture, the mix of different persons from everywhere around the world (and all of them, in a way or another, feeling in some point during their stay in Taiwan, that they somehow belong here and they are home), the infrastructure, the transportation system, and a long list of etc. I will ask for your permission of sharing my experience of living in Taiwan, and being more specific what would I like to implement in my own country, but first I will briefly talk about my country. I am from El Salvador, in Central America, a country with so many problems to be solved in many different areas. It is a small country as well (21,000 km2), and our population is of approximately 6.288.899 people. Among the problems to be solved, there’s one that takes special relevance and is the public transportation system, mainly in the capital city, San Salvador. One can say that our public transportation system is very efficient (a bus passes in front of a bus station every 20 seconds), but not effective for the whole traffic flow. There exist oversupply of buses. Just as simple as that. The bus transportation system is handled by private companies, not by the government. Another problem in San Salvador is the preponderance of individual motorized transportation (automobiles, pickup’s, motorcycles, Sub’s, etc.), added to the known oversupply of public transformation buses; those factors causes huge traffic jams over the most transited highways and roads of the capital city. So the question comes: what solution could be proposed in other to minimize this situation? It is very hard to don’t look at Taiwan’s public transportation system and think of implementing something similar in my country, specifically in the capital city. In 2011, over 863.4 million passengers used the rail systems in Taiwan, averaging 2.36 million passengers per day. Pretty impressive number, considering that San Salvador’s metropolitan area population is approximately of 2 million people. It is easy to imagine how many benefits it would bring to San Salvador’s traffic related problems, and of course, to the economy of the whole country as well. An advantage of El Salvador is that it already has a railway infrastructure (approximately 500 km of railroads), which means that some of them can be utilized to mobilize people to their destinies.

Before to arrive here I was thinking to only improve my knowledge and being an entrepreneur, who applying the possibility to give work in my country, but now I change many thinks, because I saw and learned Taiwan has many things to implement in my country, such as: some things of their education system that benefit our people in their knowledge with great potential to overcome and develop their life style, doing so part of the growth of the economy of Honduras. Moreover if we change many things in the education, we could reduce the quantity of delinquency; how can I implement, I'll start first in my college where I got my major and try to sell the idea to improve the knowledge of the students, likewise I'm part of the College of Engineers of Honduras, I can promote the idea and process, if all walking good I could present these ideas to the country's top university, which is responsible for all higher education.

In the College of Civil Engineer that I part of that organization, I want to present them many ideas, to implement in our construction, such as the different types of product that we can use, their security system in constructions, how we can improve their designs in many things such as structure, management, economy, etc. My methods that I can use are: conferences like I’m doing in my university meeting, that we can discuss how to improve and implement our construction methods, at the same time give the opportunities to provider to promote new products, other point that I can use in my civil engineering college the opportunity to improve the skills and knowledge of own partners. Also these things I want to apply in own universities.

Taiwan is a country with an extension of 36.000Km2 which would be one seventh part of my country Ecuador, but this reflects that the extension of a country doesn’t measure its richness and capability.

This beautiful country also known under the name of Formosa gives an important lesson to every single person who comes here whether to visit, live or study as I am, because of the development that it shows in every city, not only based on its infrastructure, security, transportation or landscape, but also on important factors such as: education and politics.

There are several reasons that make me love Taiwan, the first reason would be the warmth of its people and how they are willing to help a person even if they can’t speak the same language and I believe they are like that because of how they have been educated and raised. Another factor that keeps me happy in here is its security, a personal experience that I think almost every foreigner who comes from countries of the third world is that it is really hard for us to believe that you can actually walk in the streets in the middle of the night with all your belongings and to have the security that nothing will ever happen because there is just no delinquency in here, I think this security issue is a well job performed by politicians who have taught its citizens the importance of freedom and safeness. For those reason the systems that I would implement in my country if I had the chance to do it would be Education and Politics.

In today’s society all nations Unitary, Federal or Confederate share a common goal which is guided by its constitution. A constitution, thus, can be safely said to be a social contract between the government and the people it governs. Hence, it is any government mandate to carry out the affairs of the country in regards to good governance in reference to security and justice, education and technology. My views are based on achieving a comprehensive macroeconomic vision for Belize. These principles are practicable since Belize is a developing nation in comparison to Taiwan success.

Creating a safe and secure society and protecting people against major threats to their welfare are important functions of excellent governance. This was clear even to the creators of the Constitution of Belize, who quoted to “insure domestic tranquillity,” and “provide for the common defence” which was a major reason for our democratic system. Yet, there is a flaw in the system since there is a high rate of injustices and insecurity presently, inclusive of securing our borders from prominent territorial claims on our serenity nation. Belize should reform it’s justice and security laws in order to lessen the serious risks associated with such things as economic depressions, excessive inflation, loss of a job, dangerous workplaces, environmental pollution, lack of health insurance, retirement insecurity, dangerous products, serious illnesses or disability, bank failures, investment fraud, illicit territorial claims and  hurricanes. Government is often the only institution that can make these kinds of core political values a reality. Take justice, for instance. It is not usually something provided by the marketplace or created by the actions of individuals. More often it is something that can only be provided and sustained in the public sphere by the actions of government organizations like the courts and the legislatures. If we want a just society, we must work through government to get it. Government is often the only institution that can make these kinds of core political values a reality. Although murders rates are escalating in Belize I think we are still on time to become peaceful as Taiwan is. As per our neighbour Territorial claim I am sure our people will vote against the referendum.

Taiwan Political, Education and Transportation Systems that can be implemented in Swaziland

Introduction

Taiwan is an Island in the South - East Asia and is amongst the developed countries in the world. The country has experienced fast economic growth over the last ten years and has become a superpower in the Asian countries. Moreover, the country has bilateral relationships with Swaziland and this has extended to the diplomatic ties which have realized the strengthening of political, economic, and social relations. Swaziland is a developing country, located in the Southern part of Africa completely surrounded by South Africa and Mozambique.

Political System

Taiwan is a multiparty democratic regime headed by a popularly elected president and a unicameral legislature. Taiwan's Constitution is based on Dr. Sun Yat-sen's three Principles of the people: Nationalism, Democracy, and Social Well-being. This system has led to good governance and service delivery for the upliftment of the standard of living of the Taiwanese people. Since Swaziland is led by an executive monarch without multiparty system hence is behind in good governance and accountability, therefore the system in Taiwan is highly recommended. These would lead to service delivery transparency knowing that if is there is no accountability during that particular term in office by that party, they will not be elected back to office after their term has expired. Rooting out corruption as evident in Taiwan can help Swaziland to learn the strategies used and will lead to poverty alleviation and economic development. Sound and strategic economic development policies can help develop Swaziland and lead to economic growth.