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Taiwanese government declares 2011 a year of design

on Tuesday,May 25,2010 17:05

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After being named the host of next year's International Design Alliance (IDA) world congress, government officials in Taiwan have announced that 2011 will be the country's "year of design," the China Economic News Service reports.

In addition to the conference, the country will host a series of events that promote design value and Taiwanese innovation.

For the IDA congress, which will take place next October in Taipei, approximately 3,000 design professionals will travel to the country. Operating under the theme Design at the Edges, conference-goers will explore the ways fields such as science, technology and business use design as well as instances of overlap between different forms of design.

In preparation for the event and the year of design, representatives from Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs are encouraging civilian organizations and municipal governments to pass a certification exam that will allow them to participate in the congress. So far, approximately 20 groups have passed the test, according to the news source.

Taiwan was selected from a pool of 19 cities in 13 countries to host the event. The IDA selected Seoul as this year's world design capital, according to the organization's website.
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