Taiwanese universities aiming to attract Indonesian students
Jakarta, Oct. 23 (CNA) Forty nine Taiwanese universities participated in a Taiwan Higher Education Fair in Indonesia that started Saturday with the aim of attracting more Indonesian students to study in Taiwan as part of President Tsai Ing-wen's "new southbound policy."
The fair was held in Jakarta before moving to Medan in Sumatra for the following two days. A delegation from Taiwan present at the fair was led by Deputy Education Minister Chen Liang-gee.
Chen thanked the Taiwan Alumni Association in Indonesia for organizing the fair and he expressed hope that Indonesian students will be able to get to know the quality and reasonable-cost higher education choices that Taiwan provides.
Chen said the Ministry of Education (MOE) has a budget of NT$1 billion (US$31.49 million) to follow Tsai's "new southbound policy" and plans to set up government-funded fellowships and vocational education programs specifically for Indonesian students, tailored to their needs.
A forum on Taiwan-Indonesia higher education cooperation was held in Bandung Oct. 20.
In the 2015-16 academic year, students from mainland China (41,951) make up the bulk of overseas students studying in Taiwan, followed by Malaysia (14,946), Hong Kong (8,260), Japan (6,319) and Macau (5,144), according to ministry statistics.
Indonesia (4,394) is No. 6, followed by Vietnam (4,043), South Korea (3,820), the United States (3,806) and France (1,545).
Indonesia has more than 4,100 universities, with some 8.8 million students, according to the MOE. (Ccourtesy of CNA)