In recent years, Taiwan’s quality higher education has not only attracted students from neighboring countries, but also raised its visibility among occidental students. The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) interviewed several international students in Taiwan, inviting them to share their accomplishment here with us. Clémence Royer from France said that the academic trainings in Taiwan and France, though different in approach, are equally beneficial for her in result.
Majoring in aeronautics and astronautics, Royer is an Asian culture buff, and used to be an exchange student in Taiwan when she was an undergraduate, because her university in France has a partnership with National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). She even chose to stay in NCKU to pursue the joint master’s degree conferred by NCKU and Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées (IPSA). As far as she is concerned, Taiwan provides great amenities. There are stores that open 24/7 everywhere, which is different from the situation in France as night and day. “In France, stores are closed over the weekend, giving you no choice but to walk with friends in the park or stay home with your family,” she explained.
Hakan Pinar from Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) is an exchange student at National Taiwan University. An exchange student notwithstanding, he spurs himself to take as many courses as possible, which in turn helps him get acquainted with many excellent Taiwanese students. Before leaving for Taiwan, he learned Mandarin for two years, thinking that daily communication would be no difficulty for him. However, no sooner did he stepped off the plane, than his confidence was shattered, because “Taiwanese people talk much faster than my Mandarin teacher did,” he recalls the embarrassing situation when he just arrived in Taiwan. Nonetheless, he has overcome this difficulty with hard work and daily practice.
Ahmad Kholik from Indonesia is a degree student at Cheng Shiu University. His family encouraged him to study abroad in Taiwan for the sake of better education. Majoring in engineering, Kholik mentioned that the rigorous curriculum and training in Taiwan demand intense concentration, which is nothing if not exhausting to him. With the help from his teachers and classmates, he has gradually survived the hardships. Besides, as a Muslim, Kholik worships in the same mosque in Kaohsiung on a weekly basis, where he can find inner peace that allows him temporarily away from the source of stress.
The FICHET stated that, as the Internet and smartphones popularize every day, videos have become the primary media for contemporary students to receive information. Apart from being uploaded to the YouTube channel “Study in Taiwan,” the interview clips about these international students this year can be viewed on the Facebook fan page of the same title (with a total of nearly 200,000 fans). Using these international students as examples, we expect to make Taiwan an attractive destination for more students from the four corners of the world.
We cordially invite people who would like to learn the personal experiences of international students in Taiwan to visit our Facebook fan page “Study in Taiwan”: https://www.facebook.com/studyintaiwan/