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Taiwan's `Super Card' wows model U.N. delegates
Central News Agency
2010-03-16 05:47 PM
Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Taiwanese students organizing an annual activity simulating United Nations meetings have capitalized on Taiwan's technological strength to introduce a multifunctional card to the event for the first time, impressing the 1,800 participating foreign students.

"We were given many tickets when we attended the event in the past, which could be really confusing, " Jason Hou, a National Taiwan University (NTU) student in charge of the event, said Tuesday. "This year, we launched what we called the `Super Card,' which helps reduce the use of paper," he noted.

The card serves as an ID card for each student and as a ticket to the many activities they will attend on the sidelines of the meetings, he explained.

The card for the 19th event of its kind, taking place in Taipei for the first time, is modeled on the NTU student card and the Easy Card for Taipei's public transport, and also functions as a meal coupon, Hou said.

The students can also use the card on city buses or the MRT system, as money can be stored on it, he added.

The card is also useful in helping the organizers understand the background of any foreign student who comes to them for assistance, as the card stores the student's information, he said.

"It is the first time the WorldMUN (World Model United Nations) has used this technology," Hou said.

Hou also pointed out that many schools in Taiwan already use a similar card.

"This type of card is one of Taiwan's best technologies and we must let foreigners see it," he said.

Fatima Tariq, a United Arab Emirates University student representing the Marshall Islands at the event, said using the card is a good experience.

Ami Nash, the Harvard University student in charge of the event, said that "it shows the level of planning of the host team and the level of technological innovation Taipei is capable of." "I think some of the delegates were in a state of disbelief when they first saw all that this small card can do," she said.

(By Alex Jiang)



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