The Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan and 27 higher education institutions will participate in the 8th Asia-Pacific Association
for International Education (APAIE) at the AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong from March 11th to 14th. In addition to the “Study in Taiwan” pavilion, Taiwan has 3 sessions presented by the Ministry of Education and university representatives to further increase the international visibility of Taiwan’s higher education and the opportunity of international cooperation.
In the past 7 years, the Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) has been leading Taiwan’s higher education institutions to participate in the APAIE conference. This year, under the coordination of FICHET, there are 59 representatives from Taiwan attending the conference, and most of the representatives are the Deans of Office of International Affairs. The topics of Taiwan’s sessions this year include” International Collaboration Strategy of Higher Education in Taiwan - Focusing on Strategies of Government and Universities/Colleges,” “Developing Summer Programs as a Strategy Attracting International Mobile Students to East Asia,” “A New Trend: Summer Schools as Means to Internationalise Universities and Curricula.” Taiwan booth will hold the “Happy Hour” activity during the conference, giving away exquisite gifts offered by universities of Taiwan. In addition, to increase the interactions and collaboration opportunities between Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau, Taiwan will hold the “Symposium for Deans of Cross-strait Affairs” on March 11th to discuss collaboration opportunities.
The collaboration and interactions between higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region and Taiwan have always been active. For example, the number of Mandarin learning students and degree students from the region has constituted 94% of the foreign students in Taiwan in 2012. The major subject fields for these degree students are Business and Management, Engineering and Humanities. Therefore, in this year’s APAIE, Taiwan’s higher education institutions offer joint/dual degrees and courses, high-level partnership establishment opportunities, exchange programs in teaching/research staffs and students, Mandarin Chinese programs and short-term programs with the advantage of “affordable scholarship, quality education, culture diversity and friendly environment” to attract more excellent international students to study in Taiwan and strengthen the cooperation with higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region.