National Central Library Director-General Shu- hsien Tseng visited the University of St. Andrews, the alma mater of Prince William and Princess Kate, on December 8 to establish a Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Eagleton, the Director of Libraries. Also in attendance were Assistant Librarian Jennifer Louden, Professor of Chinese Studies Gregory B Lee, Global Office Director Christian Harding, the Edinburgh Taipei Representative Office Representative C.C. Chang, as well as students and faculty.
The University of St. Andrews is renowned not just as the alma mater of Prince William and Princess Kate, but also for its academic excellence, placing it on par with Oxford and Cambridge. To mark the occasion, the National Central Library (NCL) gifted the university replicas of Taiwan’s national treasures the Annotated Poems by Mr. Su Dong-po, which comprises 21 volumes, and the Diamond Sutra - during the opening ceremony. These two works are very ancient and have been formally listed as national treasures by the Taiwan government. These limited-edition replicas are also rare, and thus they were used as gifts during the signing. They are a symbol of the value NCL places on this collaborative relationship.