TAP’s project leader Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn was invited to give a lecture at Tamkang University. The hybrid lecture on “Application of Innovative Technology in the response to COVID-19 in Taiwan and China: Reflecting the Governments for Personnel Training” was hosted by the assistant professor Li-Wei Chan 詹立煒 from the Department of Public Administration and it was introduced by Dr. Lee 李忠正, President of the Chinese Society for Training and Development (CSTD).
Relying on the trajectory of industrialization and innovation, Taiwan and China both have pursued a path of applying new technologies in the governmental response to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. However, China´s handling of the recent outbreak of Covid-19 disease has highlighted political differences that pinpoints to the autocratic-democratic divide. While the China (People's Republic of China, PRC) locked families in their homes and militarily sealed off entire provinces after the announcement of the infectiousness new corona virus and started a broad tracing and tracking protocol, Taiwan (Republic of China, R.O.C.) followed its protective protocols to contain epidemic health risks. Screening immediately began at all entry points, such as ports and airports, and the population was informed trough the media and urged to help. Both handling strategies were showing initial success, but when the following waves were spreading in China discontent with state control measures has increased up to recurrent uprisings. In both political setting, the application of innovative approaches has been prioritized as coping strategy. Let's go beyond the political divide by contrasting governmental responses, the application of innovative technology and how the public was addresses to get involved fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Using the survey provider Mentimeter, Dr. Perkuhn conducted four opinion surveys among the students (see results below). The first slide illustrates the answers at the beginning of the session in a World Cloud of 23 participants to the question of their opinion on what is the most important element in responding to Covid-19.
Getting familiar with the survey tool, 36 students participated in the task to rank the measures taken by importance. Quite interesting, the establishment of telemedicine tools and the improvement of medical devices for treatment including vaccine ranked top priority while following sanitary protocols only ranked fourth.