Taiwan offers scholarships for post-graduate studies

MANILA -- The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has announced various scholarship programs that are now open to qualified Filipino students.

These scholarships are for Filipinos who would like to pursue post-graduate studies in Taiwan or those who would like to learn the Mandarin language, TECO said in a news release.

As the Republic of China (Taiwan), under the leadership of Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, is pushing forward the "New Southbound Policy", it has opened more slots and types of scholarship programs, giving more chances for Filipinos to study in Taiwan, learn the traditional Mandarin language, experience the rich and vibrant Taiwanese culture and broaden their international perspectives, TECO said in the release.

TECO in the Philippines has opened the application for the following scholarship programs:

1. Ministry of Education (MOE) Scholarship, which gives two years of scholarship for a master's degree and four years for a doctorate. MOE will shoulder 40,000 NTD 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 is until April 30. Check the website, https://taiwanscholarship.moe.gov.tw/web/engb02-01.html for details.

2. Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship, which allows applicants to choose to pursue either two months or three months intensive Mandarin courses, subject to TECO's approval. A monthly stipend of 25,000 NTD will be provided to cover all expenses. Application is until March 31. Check the website, https://taiwanscholarship.moe.gov.tw/web/engb02-03.html for details.

3. International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), which covers full tuition fee, living expenses, economy class airfare tickets and textbook costs. Scholars pursuing a master's degree will receive a monthly stipend of 15,000 NTD and those taking their doctorate, 20,000 NTD. Application is until March 31. For details, check website http://www.icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=39711&ctNode=29877&mp=2.

4. The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will also offer scholarship programs providing two years for a master's degree and three years for a doctorate. A total of 30,000 NTD monthly will be given to the recipient(s), covering tuition fee, stipend and other expenses. Application is until March 31. Its website is https://taiwanscholarship.moe.gov.tw/web/engb02-05.html.

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

They also have to comply and submit necessary documents to TECO for review and recommendation based on the indicated deadlines of each program. 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, according to TECO.

Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, representative of Taiwan/ROC to the Philippines, expressed hope that more Filipinos would 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 the Philippines can complement it through its young talents, who are willing to equip themselves and be trained", said Lin.

For further information, check the "STUDY IN TAIWAN" section found in the official website of TECO in the Philippines, http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph or contact TECO's Press Division at teco.linkages@gmail.com. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency