College graduates throw their caps in the air in central Taiwan’s Taichung City.(Chen Mei-ling)
- Taiwan has implemented a 12-year
compulsory education system since the
2014 school year.
- There are 141 universities and colleges
Education is an important component of government
policymaking and accounts for a large portion of the budget. With
an increasing emphasis on attaining tertiary education, those with
a technical college or university degree account for 46 percent of
Taiwan’s population aged 15 and above, a 10 percentage point
increase over the past decade.
To offer students a longer period of basic learning, the Ministry of
Education extended compulsory education in Taiwan from nine
to 12 years beginning in 2014. Every year in competitions such as
the International Science Olympiad, young students from Taiwan
win distinctions in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics
and physics. The talent in Taiwan’s workforce has contributed
tremendously to enhancing economic prosperity and quality of life.
In 2013, the MOE assumed responsibility for the Sports Affairs
Council as part of the government’s efforts to better promote
sport for all. Taipei hosted the 2017 Summer Universiade, one of
the biggest sporting events ever staged in Taiwan.
Both government and university scholarships are available
for international students. The Taiwan Scholarship Program,
for instance, offers grants to students who wish to pursue
undergraduate or graduate degrees in diverse fields. Interested
applicants can contact the country’s embassies and representative
offices or visit the MOE’s website: www.edu.tw.
To encourage international students to learn Mandarin in Taiwan,
the MOE established the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship. This
program enables foreign students to undertake Mandarin courses
at affiliated language training centers around the nation, while
also boosting international awareness and understanding of
Taiwan culture and society.
A list of university Mandarin training centers and information
on learning the language in Taiwan can be found on the websites
of the MOE, Study in Taiwan (www.studyintaiwan.org
) and the
Office of Global Mandarin Education (ogme.edu.tw