Filipino Elite High School Leadership to Visit Taiwan for Educational Cooperation
National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) and the Education Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines jointly organized the visit of Philippine Science High School System (PSHS) Delegation to Taiwan educational institutes. The delegation was headed by Ms. Maridon Sahagun, Undersecretary for Science and Technology of the Department of Science and Technology, Philippines, along with 14 PSHS delegates for a five-day tour from the north to the south of Taiwan.
The Philippine Science High School is the elite science high school system in the Philippines overseen by the Department of Science and Technology, the Republic of the Philippines. It has 16 campuses with 8,400 students specializing in the learning of math and sciences. During their stay in Taiwan, the delegation visited multiple top research and educational institutions, including National Sun Yat-sen University, National Taiwan University, Taoyuan Wuling High School, Kaohsiung Girls’ High School, ITRI Shalun Green Energy Technology Demonstration Site, and National Science Council’s Cyber Security and Smart Technology R&D Building. They also went on a boat tour in the Kaohsiung harbor.
During their visit at NSYSU, the delegation met with President Ying-Yao Cheng, Senior Vice President Chih-Wen Kuo, Vice President for International Affairs Mitch Chou, and faculty members from the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Marine Sciences. The delegates were impressed with the University's rich English degree curricula as well as the state-of-the-art laboratories, which they believed will be attractive to Filipino high school student for studying abroad and laboratory internships. NSYSU announced to commit 16 full scholarships for top PSHS students to pursuit their science degrees at NSYSU.
The visit concluded with the Taiwan-Philippines High School and University Education Exchange Summit held at NSYSU. The Taiwan Education Center in the Philippines, hosted by National Sun Yat-sen University, shared the promotion results of the Taiwan-Philippines international exchange since 2022, with 19 Taiwanese and Filipino high schools participating in the exchange programs. The delegates also shared the feedback and appreciations of Filipino students who took part in the exchange programs.
Representatives from 5 Taiwanese high schools and 10 universities attended the Summit to share what have been achieved and how Taiwanese universities can play an active role in Taiwan-Philippines high school exchanges. All attendees agreed that it is mutually beneficial to strengthen the ties to educate our younger generations.
The Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology, the Executive Director of the Philippine Science High School System, and all members of the delegation expressed their visit as impressive and fruitful. They met their sister schools, learned about syllabuses and teaching methods of high schools in Taiwan, and also gained insights on how the universities can accommodate their student for degree or short-term programs. They also learned about Taiwan's latest green energy and cyber security technology while experiencing true Taiwanese hospitality. Undersecretary Sahagun plans to bring this visit experience back to the Philippines, hoping to promote deeper exchanges and cooperation between Taiwan and the Philippines in academic, education, and technology. And the Philippine Science High School System delegates will look for ways to deepen academic exchanges between Taiwan and the Philippines to jointly cultivate future scientific and technological talents.