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33th issue by NCHU on December 2012

 I had long being interested in continuing my studies and Taiwan made that dream possible.  Embarking at National Taiwan University has been an adventurous navigation to success. Having been born and reared at a little unfledged town (Corozal Town) in the northern side of Belize C.A.; through a distinguished career of hard work and dedication I was looking for something exciting in my life. I am a sort of Renaissance man with keen interests in the Asian world. With only 3 months living in Taipei I can prove that it’s worth chasing the dream of being a scholar. This small and mysterious island has a lot to offer. I was attracted to the heart of Asia because of its vigorous economy and many opportunities for capacity development. Taiwan offers the triangular elements of success which are: a prospective of culture, a global link and skills development.

My name is Tam. I am a second-year master student at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. I graduated from Danang University of Technology in Vietnam in 2008. After graduation, I worked for Construction Company for one year given the five-year knowledge in university. The demanding job not only enhanced my analytical competence but also rewarded me for hands-on experience.

Above all, one of my desires is to convey the knowledge what I have attained to students. Therefore, I decided to become a university lecturer. That is also the reason why I have changed my job and worked for Danang Architecture University. From then on, I clearly realized that I had needed more advanced knowledge and skills to fulfill my goal. Besides, the research conditions in Vietnam are too difficult to brainstorm many brilliant ideas. For this reason, I was thinking of pursuing an advanced education. I considered Taiwan as my first choice because of some following basic reasons.

There were many factors that influenced my decision to pursue a degree in Taiwan.

Firstly, it is a scholarship. My country The Gambia has diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Every year the Taiwanese government through the Taiwanese Embassy offer scholarships to Gambian students to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in different fields. Through a friend who was at that time studying in Taiwan under the same scholarship program, I learnt that applications where being received for prospective students. I looked through the catalog to get an idea of under what program and which to school was the scholarship offered. I was sure that I wanted to return to school. So I applied and   I was lucky to be awarded a scholarship by the Taiwan ICDF to pursue my master’s degree course at the National Cheng Kung University.

Secondly, the high education quality offered by the universities in Taiwan. Taiwan's strong technology sector guarantees high quality education in different technology fields. Before I decided to apply for Taiwan-ICDF scholarship I was able to gather some information and I learnt that Taiwan has a very good quality of education.

My name is Josue Garcia, I’m study at National Taiwan Ocean University in the Department of Aquaculture, and this time I would write about why I chose Taiwan to study. The aquaculture for many people still a new filed, It is seldom to hear about this kind of industry, nobody know what is the aquaculture  even though the aquaculture has growth dramatically over  50 years and the production increase several tons per year, and every time the consumption of fish and shellfish are higher. As we can see the aquaculture is promising activity that increases every year. Many countries try to work in this industry but sometimes they don’t have the conditions to do the aquaculture even they have technology and the knowledge, but the space and the resources are limit, and this one reduce the capacity to increase the production.  

I come from Guatemala, it is located in Central America, and my country have high diversity of natural resource, water and specially the space is not limit, the conditions to do aquaculture in Guatemala is perfect, but we have a pain in the back that is the lack of knowledge to do it, is the is the biggest obstacle to development this industry, even though Guatemala have the optimal conditions to development. The aquaculture in Guatemala is still a few; we didn't explode all of the sources that have, and with this action we lose the opportunity to grow this industry.

I think this is the main reason I chose Taiwan to continue with my studies in aquaculture field since Taiwan from many years ago is one of the best one in this business, even though Taiwan is small country but they have the knowledge to development the aquaculture and for this one in the recent years became as one of the important country to development some techniques in aquaculture.

I think is a good opportunity to learn some techniques from one of the country has been a pioneer in the development of aquaculture for many years ago.  We can take as a model Taiwan aquaculture, to try to replicate in our country.  I know Taiwan has a broad development in this industry, and we can take the model to improve the industry in my country.

If we can adopt the Taiwan model to improve all of the techniques that Taiwan have,  Guatemala also became  as  pioneer in aquaculture and then can increase production, and maybe the quality of life becomes superior, and  the social and economical conditions for the whole country will be better.

Hello dear readers my name is Diogenes Castillo and I am from the Dominican Republic (DR). I'm doing a master's degree in aquaculture at National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), Keelung, Republic of China, Taiwan. In this occasion I would like to share with you what motivated me to study here. In the content of this article I will be focus on my professional area, because it is exactly the reason why I am here today. First I have been working in my country as researcher for Aquaculture in the Dominican Institute for Research in Agroforestry (IDIAF, its spelling in Spanish) for many years. We know that aquaculture continues being the fastest-growing animal food producing sector and currently accounts for nearly half (45.6 percent) of the world’s food fish consumption, compared with 33.8 percent in 2000. With stagnating global capture fishery production and an increasing global population, aquaculture is perceived as having the greatest potential to produce more fish in the future to meet the growing demand for safe and quality aquatic food (FAO, 2012).

From many decade China has shown to have the higher value of the global production in aquaculture depicted by the 61.40 percentage nowadays. Taiwan is a small country (35,980 Km2) with a big population (714 people per kilometer squares in 2011). However, its production totaled 155,776 MT, equivalent to NT$11,817 million (407.48 US million) on 2006. The major species cultured include groupers, milk fish, tilapias, sea bass, sea breams, mullet, cobia, pompano, white shrimp, hard clam, oyster and small abalone (Mao-Sen Su et al., 2010), most of them of significant importance to my country.

First of all, I would like take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) for giving me the scholarship to purse my Masters in Electric Power Engineering at National Sun Yet-sen University (NSYSU)  in Taiwan.  Without ICDF Scholarship I would not be here in this beautiful island.

The education and teaching quality  is the second reason why I chose to study in Taiwan.  Taiwan universities have been improved a lot in recent years.  One example is National Taiwan University ranked as one of top 100 universities in the world.  The school environment and facilities are fantastic.  Professors and supporting staffs are hardworking and talented.

Technology advancement is another reason to come and study here.  Taiwan high-tech companies have kept improving and competed with other local and global counterparts.  Competition and innovation are the main forces to push them forward.  Acer, Asus, HTC, TSMC, plus others are among the well known Taiwanese high-tech companies and brands in the world.

I first came to Taiwan in August 2010 to take part in a training exercise hosted by Central Training Center in Taichung for 2 months. This training program consisted of mobile phone repairs and Telecommunication system study. It was a vigorous and fulfilling training program. Every weekend we were taken on excursion to visit companies and historical places around Taiwan. I was truly amazed by the achievements and perseverance of the people. I promised to return and learn as much as I can about this great nation.

The lifestyle of convenience is the motto of Taiwan. It is incredibly easy and safe to go around the country with the availability of trains, buses and taxis. The high speed trains makes moving between different cities quick and easy. The availability of the MRT in major cities help one travel and explorer those cities. Transport system in Taiwan is another reason for my choice of study here.

After graduating from Electronic Engineering in my Homeland, Honduras, I was very excited of my achievements and future: as every one of my colleagues, we were full of hopes & wished to help our country to grow up. But, after finishing the long study hours, the hard homework’s and the endless projects, I thought I wasn’t complete; unfortunately after trying to get a job and start working, I released that my guess was correct: as me there were others doing the same and some of them with advantages over me: international trainings, certifications, larger job experience, etc. and all of them competing to get the best jobs.

Finally I got the chance to work on a company that provided technical service to medical equipment, a nice job at which I could not only learn a lot and put in practice everything I’ve learned back in college, but I did my best so I could show that even when there were many other good candidates for the position, I was an excellent employee. While working, my observation became more and more relevant: the more prepared you are, the more you can do. It was then when I was asked by a relative an important question: Why don’t you try to study a Master program? My immediate answer then was: “I’m going to do it when the time comes.”

I wanted to pursue my studies because I wanted better education and qualifications as career preparation. It is true that I did not know where to get these things, but my final decision was Taiwan. For one to travel a distance of about 11,000 kilometers to this lovely Island, leaving a population of about 1 million to live with a population of 24 million, and to a country with no knowledge of that foreign language, really called for a tough decision that I had to take.  

I knew that I would never go wrong if I chose Taiwan, based on the 42-year relationship that my country, Swaziland has with it. Swaziland has diplomatic relations with Taiwan and many other countries and I initially thought that only the elite benefited from these relations. When I earn of this opportunity, I tried my luck and eventually stuck to it, and at last I experienced the direct benefit from this relationship.

I will start by introducing myself. My name is Bongiwe Dlamini. I am from the beautiful kingdom of Swaziland and I am doing the first year of my Master’s program in International Health at National Yang Ming University. The question I have to answer is, why study in Taiwan? Why not in any country around the world?

First of all when we search for the place to go to study to we want a country with very good universities among other things. We want the best for ourselves. Taiwan has some of the best universities in the world. For example, this year nine Taiwanese universities have made it to the top 500 universities in the world in the QS World University Ranking and my very own university is in position 290.

Taiwan does not only have good schools but also is a peaceful country with very friendly people to visitors from other countries. The Taiwanese society is egalitarian with the people being warm, making it very easy to fit in, therefore I always call Taiwan, ‘my home away from home.’ Taiwan’s unique blend of different traditions creates an atmosphere that is particularly tolerant of other religions and denominations.