Taiwan Higher Education Exposition 2015 was held in New Delhi, India.
An academic delegation of 36 representatives from 12 prestigious higher education institutes in Taiwan was led by Dr. William A. Stanton, Senior Vice President for Global Affairs at National Tsing-Hua University. The other eleven participating universities were: Chang Jung Christian University, Chaoyang University of Technology, Kaohsiung Medical University, Nanhua University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chiao Tung University, National Dong Hwa University, National Cheng Kung University, Taipei Tech, Taipei Medical University, Tamkang University, and WuFeng University.
Mr. Tien Chung-kwang, Taiwan’s Representative in India gave an address at the opening ceremony on October 17, welcoming the delegates. During his remarks, he described Taiwan as a wonderful destination for Indian students wanting to study abroad. He quoted Taiwan’s excellent standing in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2015 to illustrate why. For four subjects, namely electrical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, and chemistry, Taiwanese universities were ranked in the top 30, even surpassing some world-class universities in the U.S., and there are currently 12 business colleges in Taiwanese universities which have been accredited by AACSB, an international accreditation organization accrediting institutions providing business education programs worldwide. In contrast, there are currently only three in India which have AACSB accreditation.
Moreover, it only costs Rs. 600,000 (approximately US $9050 or NT $294,000) to do a 2-year MBA program in Taiwan. This really encouraged the Indian students who had come to visit this year’s exposition to get information about the scholarships and internships available at universities in Taiwan, and to be able to talk to some of the professors from Taiwan as well.
As well as participating in THEE 2015, the delegation also visited O.P. Jindal Global University, Amity University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) and interacted with people there. Educational and academic communications between Indian and Taiwan have developed smoothly in the past several years: the Taiwan Higher Education Exposition 2015 is a clear example of an initiative taken to further promote better communication, understanding and friendship between India and Taiwan. It provided an opportunity to broaden awareness about higher education in Taiwan, and also to further develop relationships with institutions of higher education in India.