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Taiwan lifts ban on entry of students;  45 get MOE scholarship this year

Jose Kalathil
Taiwan has lifted ban on entry of both international students who are already on the roll of universities there and new students who have got admission in  various courses in the semester starting September. Entry of foreign students were banned till 24 August due to the Covid-19 pandemic that affected the whole world. This is yet another signal of Taiwan’s successful management on the COVID-19 pandemic.
 “Taiwan is deeply committed to welcoming Indian students,” said Peters Chen, Director of Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC) in India. The students will be required to undergo quarantine for 14 days, either in a facility arranged by their university or in a government-designated facility on their arrival in Taiwan. The students have to contact their universities immediately, and then the universities will submit the admission list to the Ministry of Education (MOE). The students have to apply for student visa and additional permit with required and authenticated document, which will take longer time to complete it. For details, please visit TECC in India website: https://www.roc-taiwan.org/in_en/index.html.
Due to the limited international flights from India, the number of degree-seeking students arriving from India may not be able to report to the university in two months or even later after the new semester has started.
Taiwan has been praised for its highly effective Covid-19 response, with confirmed 487 Covid-19 cases and seven deaths.
Taiwan gradually relaxed its restrictions on June 17, July 22 and August 5. On August 24, the ban on entry of new students who are going to pursue degrees in Taiwan, excluding the students who will go for short-term exchange programme or Mandarin programme, was relaxed.
“According to the MOE Taiwan, more than 1.3 lakh international students are studying in Taiwan for various courses in 2019, equivalent to 10.5% of students in university campus. Of them, 2,783 are from India. Based on the current student numbers and the direction of the National Education Programme (NEP) 2020, internationalization is one of the most important parts for higher education institutes, and Taiwan is ready to have more cooperation with universities and schools in India in terms of signing concrete MoUs for research collaboration, Mandarin courses, Mandarin test, student or faculty exchange, co-publication, etc,” said Peters.
This year MOE Taiwan Scholarships were awarded to 45 Indian students. This Scholarship includes tuition and payment of academic fees, and credit fee. Upon validation of tuition and above fees, the MOE awards each recipient per Semester up to NTD 40,000 (US$ 1,331).
Tuition and academic fees do not include administration fees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, Internet access, etc.  The MOE offers each recipient undertaking undergraduate studies a monthly stipend of NTD 15,000 (US$499) and those undertaking postgraduate studies NTD 20,000.  (US$665) as living allowance.
This year, Indian students sought admission for courses in Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture, Optoelectronic Engineering, Engineering, Electric Engineering, Computer Information, Material Science and Engineering, Bio-Technology, Architecture, Physics, International relations, Politics, Arts, Education, Pharmacy, etc.
Students from all states except Goa, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Ladakh, Andaman, and Nicobar Islands applied for scholarships this year.

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