2016 Taiwan Higher Education Fairs Held in Myanmar for the Very First Time
2016 Taiwan Higher Education Fairs Held in Myanmar for the Very First TimeNational Chi Nan University organized two Taiwan Higher Education Fairs in Myanmar for Taiwan’s Ministry of Education: in Yangon on July 3 and in Mandalay on July 5. Representatives of 36 universities in Taiwan participated in the two Fairs, where each university had a booth providing information about its programs and scholarships available, to attract outstanding students from Myanmar to study in Taiwan.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Myanmar began operating in Yangon on March 28, 2016 to provide consular services and facilitate people-to-people contacts between Taiwan and Myanmar, and this was the first time that Taiwan Higher Education Fairs have been held in Myanmar. Dr Min-ling Yang, Director of the Department of International and Cross-strait Education, of the Ministry of Education, R.O.C. gave opening remarks at the opening ceremonies of each of the fairs to honor the occasions. The presidents of many universities in Taiwan and rectors of universities in Myanmar attended the opening ceremonies.
TECO in Myanmar was formerly known as Taiwan ICDF, Myanmar Branch Office. It has helped promote mutually beneficial exchanges between Myanmar and Taiwan in such areas as agriculture and fisheries, culture, education, labor, trade and investment, and tourism.
Taiwan’s government is now implementing the New Southbound Policy which is designed to expand industrial, educational, cultural and agricultural exchanges between Taiwan and ASEAN members and South Asia, and it is hoped that Myanmar and Taiwan will have stronger and closer bilateral trade relations in the near future. Closer interaction in the education sphere will also lead to excellent career opportunities for students from both countries that go and study professional, and language courses in the other country, and learn about its culture as well.
The Fairs provided an excellent opportunity for Myanmar students and their parents to learn about Taiwan’s higher education and excellent universities, and the wide range of programs they offer. The quality of Taiwan’s higher education has received world-class affirmation, and it maintains a strong position in Asia. The Times Higher Education supplement ranked 11 universities in Taiwan among the best universities in Asia in 2015, and many students from Southeast Asian countries consider Taiwan as their first choice as a study abroad destination.
Different universities have different recruiting strategies, but the universities all share one resounding message: “Come study in Taiwan!” Students from Myanmar who decide to study in Taiwan will find themselves immersed in Taiwan’s rich culture and receive a world class education at an affordable price. This is a very practical reason to study in Taiwan and there are scholarships available.
Taiwan looks forward to welcoming more students from Myanmar to benefit from our state-of-the-art education and interact with Taiwan’s friendly people.