Notes from the field: views of Leopard Mountain

Leopard Mountain

A couple of views of Leopard Mountain from my morning hike in the Four Beasts Scenic Area. I took them from the YongChunPi Wetland Park (永春陂生態濕地公園), a former military camp that is being converted into an ecological zone. Very impressive work by the Taipei City Government.

It’s quite amazing how much progress has been made in improving the quality of life in the city over the past twenty-five years. The construction of the subway has of course played an important part in this process, but so too has the imaginative urban planning that has complemented it. Holistic is a horribly overused adjective to describe this kind of approach, but in the case of Taipei I think it’s appropriate. Officials of other cities looking to improve mobility and livability in dense urban environments can learn a lot from the work that has been done here.

I’ve learned a lot from the intern program that we have been building up over the past few years at VIA. I find it extremely rewarding to help give the students who join the marketing department an introduction to the world of work and see them grow in skills and confidence. With trends in social media, technology, and culture changing so fast, they also teach me a lot and keep me on my toes. There’s a lot of nonsense written about the fecklessness of millennials, but that certainly hasn’t been my experience. Then again the same was said about my generation.

We offer a variety of internships under our program for the summer and year-round. To give you a flavor of what it’s like, two members of our fall intake, Simona Petrova and Cooper Jones, kindly agreed to write about their experiences. You can read their articles here and here.

If you’re interested in learning more about our internship program, please click here.

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