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NSYSU Seeks To Recruit Students from Indonesia
Publish date : 2017-09-20
For the 6th year in a row, the 2017 Taiwan Higher Education Fair was held in Jakarta, Medan, and Aceh, Indonesia respectively from August 26 to 30, 2017. Deputy Education Minister Yao Leeh-ter led representatives from 50 of Taiwan's universities to attend the fair, aiming to expand the recruit of Indonesian students and promote bilateral research collaboration. NSYSU participated the education fair in Jakarta and Medan highlighting the school’s ambition to recruiting students and enhancing academic exchanges.

NSYSU has collaborated with the University of Brawijaya, Indonesia offering dual master’s degrees in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Institutes of Communications, and Department of Biology. Several Indonesian students continued to study in NSYSU’s doctorate programs after obtaining their master’s degrees. In the 2017 education fair, the Office of International Affairs made efforts, particularly in advocating student recruitment. One of the NSYSU delegation members, Associate Professor Yun-Nan Chang of Department of Computer Engineering explained to Indonesian students and parents the courses and trend in information engineering. Meanwhile, quite a few students showed interests in areas such as business, food science technology, bio-engineering, and computer science. Mandarin programs were also highly consulted as well.

According to MOE statistics, the total number of foreign students (including degree and non-degree level) was 116,416 in the 2016-17 academic year, with 5,074 Indonesian students making up 4.36% of all foreign students. The number of Indonesian students has steadily increased, comprising the second largest foreign student body out of all New Southbound Policy target countries.

Yao stated in opening remarks that he hopes to see a further increase of Indonesian students every year. MOE also increased the number of scholarships available for Indonesian students from 16 to 35 in the 2017 academic year.

Indonesia has an estimated population of over 255 million people and is the world's fourth most populous country, with an ethnic Chinese population of about 10 million. Given the rapid economic growth of the country in recent years, the Indonesian students are welcomed by universities in Taiwan. In response to the New Southbound Policy, NSYSU Office of International Affairs will also actively comply with the Elite Scholarship Program, a new project set up by MOE to subsidize Taiwan colleges and universities to expand the recruitment of Southeast Asian and South Asian countries lecturers to study master’s and doctoral degrees in Taiwan.
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