Taiwan has invited applications from Indian students for scholarships to study in its universities, 11 of them are ranked within top 500 worldwide according to QS World University Ranking. The scholarships offered by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) are in an effort to encourage outstanding Indian students to undertake degree studies in Taiwan so as to familiarize themselves with academic environment in Taiwan and promote bilateral exchange programmes between two countries. The scholarships are also open to students from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Taiwan is gradually becoming one of the top destinations for Indian students looking to study abroad. One of the major reasons for this is good performance of educational and research environment. The other reason is attractive scholarships that are provided by the MOE.
The MOE offers two major scholarships, the MOE Taiwan Scholarship and the MOE Hyuayu (Chinese) Enrichment scholarship. Under the Taiwan Scholarship, the MOE awards outstanding students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Taiwan by awarding each recipient an amount of approximately US$ 1,331 to cover payment of tuition and academic fees, including credit fee and living allowance along with a monthly stipend of US$499 for undergraduate studies and US$665 for postgraduate studies; Whereas the Hyuayu Scholarship provides a monthly stipend of approximately US$832, to encourage international students to undertake Mandarin learning courses in Taiwan to increase their understanding of the language and Taiwanese culture.
According to the statistics of Taiwan’s MOE, there were over 1.2 lakh international students studying in Taiwan in 2018, out of which 2,938 were from India. More than 50% of them are doing their master and PhD degree programmes. The number of Indian students studying in Taiwan universities was only five in 2003. Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India (TECC) that facilitates interaction between Taiwan’s MOE and Indian students hopes that this number will drastically increase number in the coming years. Last year, 79 Indian students were awarded full scholarships worth Rs 14 crore. Of the 45 Taiwan Scholarship recipients 23 are pursuing PhD Degree, 20 Master Degree, and two Bachelor Degree. The 34 Huayu (Chinese) Enrichment Scholarship recipients are doing intensive language course for three, six or 12 months.
Last year’s recipients came from 22 states out of 29 — Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Telangana, Assam, Chattisgarh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Gurjarat, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Manipur and from one of the seven union territories of India, the Andaman and Nicobar islands. Some students from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal also got scholarships.
According to Mr Peters Chen, (Director-Education), Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC) in India Taiwan is the No. 13 destination for Indian students to pursue further studies. National Taiwan University ranked No. 67 in QS ranking 2019. There are five other universities ranked within top 200. Moreover, reasonable tuition fee makes the country attractable to foreign students, with around Rs 1.1 lakh per year (two semesters) in a national university and around Rs 2.2 lakh per year in a private university.
Many courses in Taiwan universities are conducted in English. Graduated foreign students can also apply for a job visa for another year. Taiwan has a friendly environment for studying and for working.
Last year, awardees were selected from a pool of 400 applicants. They were selected, after reviewing their transcript, recommendation letter, proposal, supplemental documents, potentiality, academic performance, and admission letter.
“Taiwan’s academic research emphasizes on university social responsibility (USR). The application of research performance on daily life is one of the approaches of USR we are promoting in Taiwan”, said Mr Chen.
The application process for the scholarships has begun and the last date to apply is 31st March, 2020.