Overseas Schools

An Introduction to Overseas Taiwan Schools

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  • Date:104-10-22

Overseas Taiwan Schools

An Introduction to Overseas Taiwan Schools

I. History

The government's "Go-South Policy" during the 1990s prompted a number of Taiwanese businessmen and employees to immigrate with their families to Southeast Asia. Concern for their children's education and potential problems of continuing schooling in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of several overseas Taiwan schools, made possible by governmental support and fundraising efforts of businessmen everywhere. Six schools in all were established over time, scattered throughout Malaysia, India, Thailand and Vietnam. The "Overseas Chinese School Regulations" required the schools to report to Taiwan's Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission, as did 3,000 overseas schools worldwide. However, the practice of concentrating their efforts on educating Taiwanese students to enable them to continue their education in Taiwan set these schools apart from most overseas schools. For this reason, after the 1997 year-end evaluation the Executive Yuan declared the guidance of the following schools to be transferred to the Ministry of Education, starting January 1st 1998: Chinese Taipei School Penang , Chinese Taipei School (Kuala Lumpur), Jakarta Taipei School, Surabaya Taipei International School, Thai-Chinese International School and Ho Chi Minh City Taipei School.

II. Establishment

  1. To alleviate the difficulty of establishing overseas schools, the Ministry of  Education     revised the Private School Law on February 6th, 2003 to provide a legal basis for school establishment and solve the lack of a concrete administration. Overseas Taiwan schools are to be categorized as private schools and thoroughly monitored to ensure the basic rights of both students and teachers, in accordance with the "Regulations of the Establishment and Assistance for the Overseas Taiwan School" promulgated on March 7th, 2005.
  2. Overseas Taiwan schools must accept the guidance of the Ministry of Education and overseas offices. Taiwan's educational objectives and current systems must be applied to teaching. In addition to following local regulations, curriculum must follow domestic standards or guidelines applying to the same education level and category. Textbooks and supporting materials must be compiled or approved by the Ministry of Education. 
  3. In order to provide high quality teaching environments, the ministry has promulgated the “MOE Subsidy Directions for Screening Procedures Regarding Overseas Taiwan Schools” in addition to attaining permanent campuses for overseas Taiwan schools. Subsidies will be granted for individual demands according to the development plan for each school. Funds may be granted for facilities, teaching material, extracurricular reading material, Chinese magazines or anything that corresponds with the domestic system to achieve synchronized education.

III. Current Conditions

  1. Unable to conform to domestic curriculum standards, Thai-Chinese International School was removed from the list of overseas Taiwan schools under the guidance of the ministry on February 1st, 2006. The ministry currently administers Chinese Taipei School (Kuala Lumpur), Jakarta Taipei School, Surabaya Taipei International  school, Ho Chi Minh City Taipei School and Chinese Taipei School (Penang).
  2. In addition to studying domestic courses, students will receive ample instruction in English and local languages. The schools offer diversified learning to help develop student potential and aim to produce talented, healthy citizens with international mindsets.
  3. Most instructors are licensed teachers of Taiwan, and some are taking time from their own schools with wage suspension to serve overseas. Their giving spirit is the key to integrating teaching with caring.
  4. To solve the lack of overseas staff and administration, the ministry has been sending members of the Alternative Education Service to practice licensed teaching at overseas locations since January 31st, 2002. As of October 2015 a total of 199 members have served, maintaining an average of 4 members per school.
  5. To encourage study and support disadvantaged students, the ministry will provide each Taiwanese student with a subsidy of $5000 NT Dollars every semester, while stipends and further subsidies are open for application.

IV. Profiles website

  1.  Jakarta Taipei School 
  2.  Surabaya Taipei International School
  3.  Chinese Taipei School (Kuala Lumpur)
  4.  Chinese Taipei School (Penang) 
  5.  Ho Chi Minh City Taipei School 

V. Future Efforts and Vision

  1. The ministry will continue to provide financial and educational support to overseas Taiwan schools, and protect the educational rights of children overseas.
  2. Assist schools to establish working educational systems that correspond with those in Taiwan, while establishing individuality and encouraging students to continue education in Taiwan.
  3. Encourage overseas Taiwan schools to cooperate and affiliate with domestic schools, using the opportunity to absorb educational resources.
  4. Attract licensed teachers in Taiwan to serve overseas for high quality education.
  5. Apply education efficiency evaluation and provide subsidies for high scoring schools.
  6. Assist promotion of Chinese language education, establishing the overseas Taiwan schools as cultural promotional centers.