Taiwan scholarship programs now open for Pinoys

THE Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has announced four scholarship programs in Taiwan which are now open to qualified Filipino students.

The scholarships are available to those who would like to pursue Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Taiwan, or those who would like to learn the Mandarin Language, TECO said in a statement.

It added that the Republic of China (Taiwan), under its first woman president Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, is pushing its “New Southbound Policy” and has opened more slots and types of scholarship programs to give more chances for Filipinos to study in Taiwan, experience the rich and vibrant Taiwanese culture, and broaden their international perspectives.

According to TECO, the first of the four scholarship programs open to Filipinos is the Ministry of Education (MOE) Scholarship, which provides 2 years scholarship for Master’s and 4 years for Doctoral Degree.

Under this program, MOE will shoulder 40,000 NTD (New Taiwan Dollars) of the tuition and the remaining costs will be shouldered by the scholar. An additional 20,000 NTD will be given every month as scholar’s stipend. Application for this program is from February 1-April 30, 2017.

The second program is the Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship, which allows applicants to choose to pursue either 2 months or 3 months intensive Mandarin courses subject to TECO’s approval.

This comes with a monthly stipend of 25,000 NTD to cover all the expenses. Application is from February 1-March 31, 2017.

Meanwhile, the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) scholarship program will cover full tuition fee, living expenses, economy class airfare tickets and textbook costs.

Scholars pursuing Master’s Degree will receive a monthly stipend of 15,000 NTD and while those pursuing Doctoral Degree will get 20,000 NTD. Application is from January 1-March 17, 2017.

The fourth program is from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and will provide scholarship of 2 years for Master’s and 3 years for Doctoral programs.

A total of 30,000 NTD monthly will be given to the recipient/s covering tuition fee, stipend and other expenses. Application is from February 1-March 31, 2017.

According to TECO, applicants can only choose one scholarship program among the offerings and must first process their admission in their preferred university in Taiwan.

Applicants must also submit necessary documents to TECO for review and recommendation. Scholarship guidelines and additional requirements prescribed by TECO can be found at the official website of TECO in the Philippines at http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph.

Since the introduction of these scholarship programs to the Philippines, Taiwan has partnered with Philippine institutions and universities to attract more young and capable talents to study in Taiwan.

TECO said that most of the Taiwan alumni scholars, who successfully finished their degrees, now hold various key positions in the government, business and other sectors.

Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of Taiwan/ROC to the Philippines, said he is hoping that more and more Filipinos will seize these opportunities to study and experience Taiwan, as the two countries share a lot of commonalities and could really work together.

“Taiwan can offer the resources, knowledge and technology, while Philippines can complement it through its young talents who are willing to equip themselves and be trained,” said Lin.

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