According to the National Ocean Policy White Paper, six policy goals of the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) are: 1. Building regional strategic thinking and defending maritime sovereign rights；2. Implementing maritime law enforcement measures and promoting regional security cooperation；3. Maintaining marine ecological health and optimizing marine environmental quality；4. Setting industrial development goals and promoting blue industry upgrade；5. Building an ocean-friendly culture among citizens and cultivating nationwide oceanic thinking；6. Fostering scientific development momentum and enhancing scientific research capabilities. The core value of policy goals is sustainability. The vision is to create a high-quality sustainable marine-nation that is ecological, safe, and prosperous. OAC and AIT/K will host the Taiwan International Conference on Marine Governance 2021, which will be implemented by National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology.
OAC and AIT/K are currently inviting English papers for the following 6 research areas: Ocean Law and policy, Marine culture and Education; Marine Science and Technology; Ocean Conservation; Maritime Safety and Security; Ocean Engineering; and Marine Industry. In each research area, 3 dissertations will be chosen and awarded scholarships, US$600, US$300, and US$200 respectively. Each researcher will also receive a certificate which is signed jointly by OAC and AIT. Researchers from both domestic and international academic institutes, high schools, central and local governments, research institutes, public and private sectors, NGOs are welcome to submit his/her English dissertation and an application form to Ms. Lin in the International Development Department of OAC by June 30th, 2021. Selected dissertations will be listed on the agenda of the Taiwan International Conference on Marine Governance 2021 on Sep. 23rd, 2021.