A TOTAL of 45 Malaysian students were awarded scholarships by the Taiwanese Education Ministry.
Thirty-eight received the Taiwan Scholarship while seven received the Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship (HES).
The scholarships will enable recipients to pursue academic degrees and short term Mandarin courses starting September this year.
Thanks to an increase in scholarship slots by Taiwan’s Education Ministry, the number of Taiwan Scholarship recipients this year sets a record high.
For 16 years, Taiwan’s Education Ministry has been offering the Taiwan Scholarship and HES to hundreds of outstanding Malaysian students to pursue academic degrees in various fields or to undertake Mandarin courses in Taiwan.
Among the 38 Taiwan Scholarship recipients, three will be undertaking doctoral degree programmes, 14 will be doing their master’s and 21, will be pursuing undergraduate programmes.
The representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Malaysia, Anne Hung, hoped that students will make good use of the opportunity while in Taiwan to expand their knowledge and broaden their experiences so they could contribute to Malaysia upon their return as well as help enhance the bilateral relationship between Taiwan and Malaysia.
Charlin Chang, the TECO Education Director, also congratulated the awardees and wished them a fruitful and fun learning journey in Taiwan.
She encouraged more non-Chinese students to apply for programmes and scholarships from Taiwan’s higher education institutions as they are now offering more English-taught programmes in various fields.
Furthermore, the bilateral academic recognition between Taiwan and Malaysia has been signed since 2012.
Afiqah Hanis Hanifah, 20, one of the recipients of the Taiwan Scholarship, felt elated and honoured to do a Bachelor’s programme at the Department of Theatrical Design and Technology, Taipei National University of Arts.
She looks forward to studying in Taiwan as the country has a quality education system. She said it will help strengthen her professional career in the future.
Chinnampat Martin Gatijin, 28, one of the awardees of the HES, conveyed his gratitude to the TECO.
He found out that Taiwan has the most standardised Mandarin language learning system that is suitable for all levels of Mandarin learners.
He looks forward to building a strong foundation in the language and plans to pursue a more advanced programme once he returns to Malaysia.
Apart from the Taiwan Scholarship and HES, there are various scholarships and bursaries offered by universities and colleges in Taiwan.
TECO encourages more Malaysian students to pursue their studies in Taiwan.