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41th issue by TMU on January 2015

The main purpose for flying to this land was simply for the acquisition of knowledge and skills for my profession which is still at its infancy at this hour.  My hunger for information is insatiable thus perhaps my expectations here may be somewhat to some extant quite biased. I am enrolling at National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences and I am rather taken aback with amazement by the extraordinary varsity education. At this level of the education ladder, the purpose for the lecturers is to point me towards the direction of the right information not the right direction of information, and guide me to a correct understanding of the acquired information thus equipping me with knowledge and skills for my profession.  As far as I am concerned, this aspect of education has been met to my satisfactory. The numerous site visits brings forth the chance to get the experience of meeting other professionals who are a tumult source of advice and information thus expanding students’ knowledge even further. Such experience gives students a preview of what to anticipate while on their near future careers.

I must start by saying that, in my opinion, the topic for this article was not adequately phrased. I understand the idea and I think it's an interesting theme; however, the combination of valuable and valueless gives it a negative connotation. I think something like "Aspects I like the most of Taiwanese higher education and aspects that could be improved" would express the same idea in a more friendly way, and I will use this last wording as the topic for this article.

A characteristic I really like about higher education in Taiwan is the specialization of the professors: a person must have a good education background and postgraduate studies in order to qualify as a university teacher. This way, it is ensured that the people in charge of educating others have the sufficient knowledge to do it. I also like the possibility of taking elective courses from any department in the university; this allows us to explore new fields we are interested in and to meet new people with different background, experiences and abilities. As an extension of this, we have the opportunity to study special courses taught by visiting professors. I mention these last aspects based on my (and my classmates') experience: graduate students at NCKU. I don't know if the case is the same for the undergraduate students or in other universities.

There are three things that I consider most valuable in Taiwan’s aspect of education. First and foremost is the sharing of her resources to offer scholarships to less developing countries (LDCs) where students from her partner countries from these LDCs can come and achieve higher education from Taiwan’s various universities in all kinds of discipline. Most LDCs rely heavily on scholarships for their students to pursue higher degree in the many disciplines that they lack. Though there may be scholarships offered by government of respective LDCs for their own citizens, they are very few in numbers that only a handful may be able to get scholarships. Through Taiwan’s scholarships, we from LDCs are very fortunate to come and learn not only in the field of discipline that we are interested in but also learn the culture of Taiwan and her people. We also experience and learn other Asian cultures as we mingle with Asian students that come to Taiwan to also learn.

Actually I do not have the capacity to argue about "what is the most valuable and valueless aspect of Taiwanese education of colleges." I'm only a second-year student at a university in Taiwan, namely NPUST (National Pingtung University Science and Technology). I do not know about educational system in other universities in Taiwan, so what I say here extent that I feel when studying in NPUST, which may not represent the condition of college education in Taiwan, then it could be my opinion is very subjective . Moreover, each semester I only had 3 subjects, so that the experience and the data I have is very limited. This might be causing my writing is not interesting, not even useful. But, well I will try to do so.

In my country, Indonesia, there is a saying that is very well known, more or less means "Seek knowledge, even up to China/Taiwan", the adage certainly not without reason, and perhaps the most fundamental reason is education in China has greatly advanced since centuries ago. Education system in China adopted and become a good example for education system in my country, Indonesia. This is the one of reasons I am pursuing my study in Taiwan. From this background, would have been able to guess that I would have a lot to write the advantages of education in Taiwan rather than its shortcomings, because from the beginning I've been interested in Taiwanese education, so once again I say that I am probably not the right person to provide good analysis on this topic.  :D :D

Why should be in Taiwan? That question always faced me when I decide to come back to Taiwan for my PhD. I was here before as a Double Degree Master program for a year in 2012 to 2013. I am back to my country, Indonesia, in August 2013 and finished my Master degree in Brawijaya University in December 2014, then I’m back to Taiwan to do my PhD. In my country, commonly we will choose Australia, Europe or USA for our post graduate degree instead in Asia. That’s might be the reason when I told my professor, friends and even my family, they seems like feel it’s a strange decision. Well the one I do are smile and said bravely, I have many reasons why I want to study in Taiwan. The first value able things that I wish could achieve in Taiwan are to change my habit. As we know that Taiwan is developed country, people here are so busy with their job and they are very discipline about time. That’s the one that I want, to be a discipline person. Every professor here always come on time and almost never gives us a free discount time to go home earlier instead the end of class time. Even thought they are very busy, it is easy to find them and discussion our subject. We just need to come to their office and make some appointment, then come at the time we make. Well, in my country it is almost impossible for doing that. We have to wait in the whole day if we want to meet our professor, if they didn’t show up or maybe they busy we have to come for another day. In the of admission system, it’s quite easy for foreign student to getting used with it. Even some of document and system still in Chinese, the office staff will happily help us to make it.

The Taiwanese higher education system is one of the most advanced and relative-affordable in the Asian continent. Some Taiwanese universities, like National Taipei University and Chung Hsing University, are among the best ones in the whole world. Taiwan has a population higher than 20 million, distributed mainly on the east and west coasts of the island. With so many people striving in a small area, competition between them to get the best resources and job positions is no surprise. Education plays a key role in preparing them to engage in such a competitive world.

Under the effects of globalization, learning and teaching in a multicultural environment is increasingly common. Like in other developed countries, Taiwanese education create a rich learning environment with high quality facilities, experimental equipment, and especially a linguistic and cultural diversity. This could be because more and more international students exploring interests in studying in Taiwan as well as the policy of the Taiwanese government, but it seems that an increasingly number of international students brings many valuable things and challenges for both foreign and local students.

Taiwan is a safe learning country, most quality and technical skills.

Greatly to Taiwan Education Creating learning environments for international students Subsidizing special university projects such as degree programs taught completely in English, all English speaking campus environments and international academics. Executing the assessment/evaluation of university degree programs taught completely in English, including departments and graduate schools. Offering discounts on Chinese language courses to international students, overseas Chinese, as well as short-term exchange students who are enrolled in the English-taught courses.

Emerging 21st century trends, within higher education, show that greater numbers of international students are taking advantage of their educational mobility opportunities. Students from Southeast Asia have become an important focus and are receiving more government subsidies than ever before, especially in the areas of technical education. Taiwan’s education standards and institutions of higher education are among the leading institutions of the world. Taiwan has an important educational gateway for many countries in Southeast Asia and Pacific. I like Taiwan’s, favorable living conditions, and conducive Mandarin Chinese learning environment are some of the strong reasons why we international students select Taiwan as our final study destination. Additionally, Taiwan’s institutions of higher education very actively recruiting outstanding international students with exceptional talents, which have also led to Taiwan’s status of becoming a Center for Higher Education with south East Asia. Establishing a system to provide international students with counseling services and support. Retaining outstanding international students and overseas Chinese students with exceptional skills. Facilitating professional business internships for international and overseas Chinese students. Relaxing restrictions applying to international and overseas Chinese students allowing them to stay in Taiwan after their graduation, thereby retaining outstanding international talent. Expanding and strengthening overseas networks increasing education specialist staff at Taiwan Overseas Representative Offices in key countries especially in and around our countries. I appreciate the promotion Taiwan’s international links and networks Executing comprehensive plans have ensure the participation of their universities at annual meetings of international educational associations globally, in order to raise their international profile of their institutions of higher education, and to facilitate the development of international joint degrees with overseas universities, as well as attracting talented young students to Taiwan for study or for the study of Mandarin Chinese. They also Combining Taiwanese business organizations and local Chinese communities, in order to make good use of the University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific Program (UMAP), to utilize the international inter-school cooperation platforms between the presidents of Southeast Asian and Taiwan institutions of higher education, thereby strengthening the channels of educational cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries.Inadition I appreciate Taiwan ICDF to provide and arrange special events like Universities competition sports, visit trips, and many more.

Introduction

The educational system in Taiwan is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education of Republic of China (Taiwan). The system produces students with some of the highest test scores in the world, especially in mathematics and science. It has been criticised for placing excessive pressure on students and eschewing creativity in favour of rote memorization. Recent educational reforms intended to address these criticisms are a topic of intense debate in Taiwan. Although current law mandates only nine years of schooling, 95% of students go on to college. President Ma announced in January 2011 that the government would begin the phased implementation of a twelve-year compulsory education program by 2014

VALUE OF THE EDUCATION

Taiwan has many universities, both public and private.

Tuition is less expensive in public universities than in private universities, like in most western countries. Many public universities receive financial support from the government for research purposes.

Studying in Taiwan is really a free, fun-loving, educated and friendly environment. The people of Taiwan are kind and so helpful which makes better performance during one’s study.

    For such a small land area, Taiwan has a large number of colleges, universities and institutes. This has been instrumental in setting Taiwan as a reputed technological and industrial mega house.  The education system and environment is intertwined with rules and regulations which are closely governed by traditional Taiwanese values, customs and expectations.  Coming to Taiwan, I expected a few differences from western education system. Some of features of the Taiwanese college education are quite valuable; however, some could be classed as valueless.