NSYSU hosted an orientation to welcome ambassadors from 8 diplomatic allies and 185 international students to Taiwan
International Master's Program in Electric Power Engineering (IMEPE) and International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) hosted the 2023 TaiwanICDF Scholarship Orientation at National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), to welcome 185 students from Taiwan's diplomatically friendly countries to study in Taiwan. Along with honored ambassadors from 8 diplomatic allies and secretaries, Stephen J.H. Lee, the Deputy Secretary General of TaiwanICDF, Andrea Clare Bowman, the H.E. Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Taiwan, and Chih-Wen Kuo, the Senior Vice President of NSYSU, presented opening remarks. In their speeches, all scholarship recipients were encouraged to uphold a brave and studious spirit, open their minds to embrace various cultures, and accept different challenges, so as to turn their lives around in Taiwan and make contributions to their home countries in return, with the ultimate goal of injecting new vitality into this higher education program of international professional talents.
Chih-Wen Kuo, the Senior Vice President of NSYSU, pointed out that NSYSU is one of the TaiwanICDF partner schools. Over the years, students from the Kingdom of Eswatini, Belize, the Republic of Guatemala, and other diplomatic allies have joined the IMEPE. Graduate alumni often return to their home countries to contribute what they have learned and continue to work in the electric power field of various countries. Some of them serve as directors of Haiti's power plan, chief engineers of the national hydroelectric power in Sao Tome and Principe, managers of national hydroelectric power in Gambia, others engage in United Nations-related projects, and still others have entered the field of education as lecturers at the University of Eswatini and the University of Islam Malang.
“Whatever the reasons you chose Taiwan, the bravery that led you to the turning point in life,” said Chih-Wen Kuo, the Senior Vice President of NSYSU, and watched the faces of international students sitting at orientation, smiling with courage and excitement. “You made the right choice to take the steps and come to Taiwan.” Kuo believed that this decision would be one of the best decisions in life for these students. They will not only learn professional knowledge and skills, make new friends, but also enjoy their time in Taiwan. What they will be doing and experiencing is not just for themselves but for their countries as well. Kuo encouraged these students to take advantage of being here, a technologically advanced and democratic country, to learn hard and live well. So, when they go back, they go back ready with solid training and making contributions to their countries and their people.
Lectures were also arranged for this orientation event. Professor Ying-Che Hsieh at National Tsing Hua University shared campus life and challenges, and lawyer Hsiao-Tzu Yeh discussed common legal knowledge sense, etc. Through different perspectives, they helped this group of international students who had just arrived in Taiwan at the end of August to understand Taiwan quickly, adapt to campus life, and start a new chapter of studying in Taiwan.
TaiwanICDF indicated that this international foundation has been dedicated to boosting socio-economic development, enhancing human resources, and promoting economic relations in a range of developing partner countries. TaiwanICDF also offers humanitarian assistance and provides aid in the event of natural disasters or international refugee crises. To carry out the mission, TaiwanICDF focuses on four core operations, including lending and investment, technical cooperation, humanitarian assistance, and international education and training, among which the International Higher Education Scholarship Program plays a vital role. It currently cooperates with 22 partner universities in Taiwan to establish 36 degree programs taught in English, including 3 Ph.D. & doctorate programs, 24 master's programs, and 9 undergraduate programs, covering many professional fields, including agriculture, science and engineering, public health and medication, humanities and social sciences, business management, etc.