Taiwan Universities Recruiting More Southeast Asian Students

Taiwan Universities Recruiting More Southeast Asian Students
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Translated and compiled by Bing-sheng Lee

Taiwan’s high-level education is facing problems of a reducing number of freshmen enrolled each year caused by the decreasing birth rate of the country and brain drain to universities in Hong Kong, Macau, China, Europe and the US.

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To mitigate the influences of the problems, National Taiwan University (NTU) is calling other universities in Taiwan to recruit more students from Southeast Asia. This is the first time a university in Taiwan has initiated a joint recruitment project targeting Southeast Asian students.

The project adopts a recommendation mechanism that NTU has been executing in recent years. The university receives recommendation letters written by high school principals from Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Based on the recommendation letters, each department enrolls the students qualified for its recruitment criteria from December to January of the following year.

Six schools have joined the project so far, including NTU, National Taiwan Normal University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Tamkang University, Chinese Culture University and Chung Yuan Christian University.

Kuo Hung-chi, vice president for the Academic Affairs at the NTU, says that the NTU has admitted about 40 Southeast Asian students this year, which is quite a success. Among the students include a Malaysian girl who is now a student of the NTU’s medical school, which has the toughest recruitment criteria out of all the departments.

Kuo also says that in order to attract more talents to NTU, the school plans to expand its recruitment project for students recommended by Southeast Asian high schools, targeting at enrolling 150 Taiwanese students living in Southeast Asian countries and 150 international students. NTU allows applications for all the departments.

Wu Ming-shiang, director of the Health Management Center at NTU, says universities around the world are all competing for quality talents and Taiwan should also be more proactive in recruiting skilled international students.

Wu mentions that the low college fees and quality learning environment are two advantages of Taiwan’s high level education, which can draw Southeast Asian students with exceptional academic performances to study in Taiwan.

Yang Pan-chyr, president of NTU, indicates that most Southeast Asian students have a global vision and speak more than one language, so they can help internationalize university campuses in Taiwan. This is also one of the reasons that NTU has decided to invite other universities in Taiwan to work together and launch the joint recruitment project. Yang says they will ask more schools to join and continue competing for more international talents.

Edited by Olivia Yang

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