Taipei, Oct. 2 (CNA) Mongolians have been showing an increasing interest in coming to Taiwan to pursue advanced studies, attracted by the island's diverse cultures, high-tech maturity and relatively cheap costs.
Mongolia first sent 24 students to Taiwan in 2000 for higher education and by 2010, the number had increased nearly 20 times to 438, according to Deputy Education Minister Lin Tsung-ming.
Mongolian students currently make up the 11th-largest group of foreign students seeking higher education in Taiwan, Lin said.
He added that from 2012, Taiwan will increase the number of scholarships granted to Mongolian students from 14 to 20.
Lin led a Taiwanese delegation to Mongolia in September to take part in a Taiwan Education Fair and to unveil a Taiwan-Mongolia Science Education Center located in Ulan Bator, the nation's capital.
The fair attracted over 800 visitors and more than 300 expressed interest in going to Taiwan to attend undergraduate or postgraduate studies, as well as to learn mandarin Chinese, according to Lin.
The Taiwan-Mongolia Science Education Center was established mainly to promote Taiwan-Mongolia cooperation in nano-technology development, train science teachers, teach mandarin Chinese and provide information about colleges and research institutes in Taiwan, Lin said. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Deborah Kuo) ENDITEM/J