The number of Indian students in Taiwan has shot up by 56% to 2,398 students between 2017 and 2018, according to figures shared with Global Education Times.
Recent data from the Taiwan Ministry of Education shared with Global Education Times shows that the total number of Indian students pursuing their education in Taiwan has increased a sharp growth in just one year, registering an increase of 56% from 2017 to 2018.
In 2003, figures indicate that only 5 Indian students were enrolled on programmes in Taiwan, showing an incredible 15-year total growth of almost 48,000%, as the country becomes a more attractive destination of study.
In 2018, a total of 2,398 students were enrolled on courses in Taiwan, a rise from 1,532 in 2017. These students were broken down into 1,202 classified as degree-pursuing (up from 1,034) and 1,196 who are studying short-term, the most significant rise with a 140% increase, up from 498 in 2017.
In 2003, figures indicate that only five Indian students were enrolled on programmes in Taiwan, showing an incredible 15-year total growth of almost 48,000%, as the country becomes a more attractive destination of study.
Low tuition fees makes Taiwan a popular destination for Indian students
Peters Chen, Director of the Education Division at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in India, told Global Education Times: “Reasonable tuition fee with high quality [education provision] makes [Taiwan] attractive for international students.
“Taiwan’s Ministry of Education is working to ensure that its educational system meets the needs of all its students.”
Taiwan’s education is incredibly low cost, with two semesters of education costing just Rs 110,000 (approximately US$1,500) in a national university and around Rs 220,000 (~US$3,000) in a private university.
As well as affordable tuition, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education also offers two categories of scholarships every year: Taiwan Scholarship for degree seeking and Mandarin Chinese Scholarship. Scholarships for just this year, 2018, total Rs 14 crores (~US$1.95m).
Beyond the financial aspect of the study destination, QS ranking proves Taiwan’s high quality education. National Taiwan University ranked No. 67 in QS ranking in 2019 and there are 5 universities in the top 200, expanding to 11 among the top 500.
The Ministry of Education Taiwan told Global Education Times that engineering, sciences and life science are the main fields that Indian students enrol in the country’s institutions. After this is medicine, followed by business and management studies.
Post-study work opportunities in Taiwan help graduates find work
Post-study work (PSW) opportunities also make Taiwan an attractive destination for foreign students, including those from India.
The Ministry of Education Taiwan stated that there are two easy ways for international students that have graduated from Taiwan to go on to work in Taiwan.
- Salary threshold: Graduates with a Bachelors degree and higher, employed with a salary above NT$47,971 are entitled to a working permit.
- Points system Taiwan work permit visa: The Taiwan Ministry of Labour distributes work permits to those with a score above 70 points.
Students are assessed on eight criteria for a Taiwan work permit: education, salary, work experience, Chinese skills and other language proficiency, background, and collaborative support for government industrial development policies.
Additionally, students are also entitled to apply for a Taiwan job-seeking visa which is valid for a six month period. This visa can also be extended for a further six months if necessary.
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