The annual event to welcome new students at the start of each academic year is traditionally held at the TECO office in Manhattan. For the first time, the event was held outdoors in Central Park this year due to social distancing requirements in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Participating students were spaced out into smaller groups, and all attendees were provided with masks and hand sanitizer.
Ambassador James K.J. Lee, the new Director-General of TECO New York, welcomed students to the event. In his remarks, Ambassador Lee noted the multitude of prestigious American universities in the four states served by TECO New York, attracting many bright young students from Taiwan. He described students as the country’s treasured talent assets and invited them to view TECO as their home away from home while in New York. He also praised the longstanding partnership between the Education Division and FTSANY in jointly hosting events to bring the Taiwanese student community together and to support their needs, not only through social events, but also educational events like career seminars and guest lectures.
FTSANY President Phoebe Tsai, a Master’s degree student studying Accountancy at Baruch College, discussed the unique situation faced by all students this year, with many more unknown variables and challenges compared to previous years. As a result, she pledged that FTSANY, an organization founded to help support the Taiwanese international student community and help them build local networks in New York, would strive to provide even more creative activities and events for students.
Crayon Chen, Vice-President of FTSANY and a student at New York University pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Business, expressed his hope that despite the pandemic, FTSANY would still be able to host similar events to provide opportunities for Taiwanese students to interact and form bonds. In these circumstances, it was even more important for FTSANY to keep students informed of the range of resources available to them from FTSANY, the Education Division at TECO, and other local community organizations.
Columbia University Master’s degree student in Biostatistics, Gavin Ko, who is also a Vice-President of FTSANY, thanked the TECO Education Division as well as Taiwanese community members who sponsored the welcome event for their support and longstanding assistance to the students.