By Caribbean News Global
TORONTO, Canada – Education is an important component of the Republic of China (Taiwan) policymaking and is investing aggressively in higher education, towards its innovation ecosystem, its cultural internationalization and Taiwan-based firms in the global marketplace.
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has announced the 2021 MOFA Taiwan Scholarship Program for undergraduate or graduate programs at universities in Taiwan; accessible throughout Taiwan’s diplomatic Corps (15 states), other regional and international institutions.
- Mandarin Language Centers in Taiwan
- List of Universities/Colleges in Taiwan Offering Degree Programs Taught in English (2021 Academic Year)
- Guidelines for the MOFA Taiwan Scholarship Program
Recently, the embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize announced that 34 Belizean students have been awarded scholarships by the TaiwanICDF (Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund) Scholarship Program. Currently, over 100 Belizean students are pursuing their degree programs in Taiwan in various fields, such as public health, agriculture, business administration, engineering and information and communication technology. Moreover, almost 500 Belizeans have been offered scholarships to study in Taiwan. Most of these graduates currently hold positions in government and public institutions such as hospitals and schools, as well as in the private sector.
As part of the US – Taiwan Education Initiative, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on language education cooperation. The MOU is expected to help enhance and/or expand existing Mandarin and English language instruction opportunities in the United States and Taiwan. The MOU also encourages the exploration of opportunities for Mandarin and English language teachers and resources to be deployed to language programs at US universities and Taiwan educational institutions and facilitates greater exchange between US and Taiwan institutions based on best practices.
US-sponsored Mandarin language programs include:
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
- Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)
- The Fulbright Program
- Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program
- Fulbright Master’s Degree Program
- National Dong Hwa University Award in Ethnic Relations and Cultures
Taiwan-sponsored Mandarin language programs and resources include:
- Sending Mandarin Language Teachers and Teaching Assistants Abroad
- Taiwan’s Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)
- MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES)
Mandarin teacher training and short-term student group visits to Taiwan
- Global Ambassador Scholarship Program
- Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program and Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan Program
US-sponsored English language programs
- English Language Fellow Program (ELF)
- Virtual English Language Fellow Program (VELF)
- English Language Specialist Program
- The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program
- American English Live Professional Development Program
- Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program
- American English MOOCs
Existing US – and Taiwan-funded programs that provide either Mandarin or English language instruction also be found on the Talent Circulation Alliance website.
Taiwan is shaping its higher education (domestic and international students) concentrating on a talent pool with economic policy decisions to complement global trends. Accompanying this value-added proposition is Taiwan’s development thrust, demonstrated by Taiwan’s growth and projections targeted investments and incentivize entrepreneurship.
Positioned as the next alternative in the global marketplace, Taiwan’s knowledge transfer and strategies for market development is a premium on forward-thinking educational initiatives/exchanges.
With educational and innovation strategies to adapt to the challenges of this new era, Taiwan is well on its way to serve as a hub to foster transpacific cooperation, Taiwan-US educational initiatives, talent and skill base for a new generation of knowledge-based personnel, industries, products, and services.