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2014 Taiwan and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Certificate Presentation in Los Angeles

2014 Taiwan and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Certificate Presentation in Los Angeles
The names of the successful applicants for one of the Taiwan Scholarships or Huayu Enrichment Scholarships were announced by the Education Division, TECO in Los Angeles on July 10, 2014. These scholarships are offered by the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) to US citizens living in the Southwestern areas: Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Southern California. Bruce Linghu, the director general of TECO in LA presented certificates to the 2014 scholarship recipients on behalf of the Ministry of Education, during the annual meeting of the Taiwan Alumni Association.

Four people—Bryce Hartley, Christopher Loo, Colt Bender, and Cristobal Batista—were awarded a Taiwan Scholarship. They all plan to undertake a master’s degree in Taiwan.

The Taiwan Scholarship Program is designated to encourage outstanding students from foreign countries to pursue their undergraduate or graduate degree studies in Taiwan

Another 24 people were awarded a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES). ‘Huayu’ is one of the commonly used names for the Mandarin dialect of Chinese. The HES program was established by the Ministry of Education to encourage international students to undertake Mandarin Chinese language study in Taiwan. Being immersed in a Chinese-speaking environment provides them with an excellent opportunity to enhance their language skills and to gain new cultural experiences. These 24 will either take part in a 2-month summer program in June/July or July/August, or undertake a longer period of study, of 3, 6, 9, or a maximum 12 months.

The application period for these two scholarship programs is from February 1 to March 31 each year and the final selection is usually announced in July.

This year’s successful applicants were all invited to attend a pre-departure orientation on July 10, 2014, organized by the Education Division, TECO in Los Angeles. They were given a wealth of useful information including the various scholarship regulations, how to apply for residency in Taiwan, what labor activity is prohibited, grade calculation and award in Taiwan, and other details about living and studying in Taiwan. And of course they had a chance to ask questions.