When it comes to education, Filipinos strive hard to have a better education. Be it for our children or personal use, proper education is essential.
As luck would have it, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines has announced various scholarship programs, which are now open to qualified Filipino students.
Available scholarships are intended for Filipinos who would like to pursue their further studies in Taiwan (Master’s and Doctoral Degrees) or for those who would like to learn the Mandarin Language.
As the Republic of China (Taiwan) under the leadership of Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, is pushing forward the “New Southbound Policy”, it has opened more slots and types of scholarship programs- giving more chances for Filipinos to study in Taiwan, learn the traditional Mandarin language, experience the rich and vibrant Taiwanese culture and broaden their international perspectives.
As of now, Taiwan through TECO in the Philippines has opened the application for the following scholarship programs:
- Ministry of Education (MOE) Scholarship which gives 2 years scholarship for Masters and 4 years for Doctoral Degree. MOE will shoulder 40, 000 NTD of the tuition and the remaining costs will be shouldered by the scholar. An additional 20, 000 NTD will be given every month as scholar’s stipend. The application is from February 1-April 30, 2017.
- Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarship which allows applicants to choose to pursue either 2 months or 3 months intensive Mandarin courses subject to TECO’s approval. A monthly stipend of 25, 000 NTD will be provided to cover all the expenses. The application is from February 1-March 31, 2017.
- International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) which covers full tuition fee, living expenses, economy class airfare tickets and textbook costs. Scholars pursuing Master’s will receive a monthly stipend of 15, 000 NTD and 20, 000 NTD for those pursuing Doctoral degrees. The application is from January 1-March 17, 2017.
- Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) will also offer scholarship programs providing 2 years for Masters and 3 years for Doctoral. A total of 30, 000 NTD monthly will be will be given to the recipient/s covering tuition fee, stipend, and other expenses. The application is from February 1-March 31, 2017. Website: https://taiwanscholarship.moe.gov.tw
Interested applicants can only choose one scholarship program among these offerings and must need to process first their university admission in their preferred university in Taiwan. They also have to comply and submit necessary documents to TECO for review and recommendation based on the indicated deadlines of each program. Scholarship guidelines and additional requirements prescribed by TECO can be found at the official website of TECO in the Philippines at http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph.
Since the introduction of these scholarship programs to the Philippines, Taiwan has partnered with Philippine institutions and universities to attract more young and capable talents to study in Taiwan. Most of the Taiwan Alumni Scholars, who successfully finished their degrees, now holds various key positions in the government, business, and other sectors.
Dr. Gary Song-Huann Lin, Representative of Taiwan/ROC to the Philippines is hoping that more and more Filipinos will seize these opportunities to study and experience Taiwan, as the two countries share a lot of commonalities and could really work together. “Taiwan can offer the resources, knowledge, and technology, while [the] Philippines can complement it through its young talents who are willing to equip themselves and be trained”, as emphasized by Dr. Lin.
For further information regarding these scholarship programs, you may visit the official website of TECO in the Philippines at http://www.roc-taiwan.org/ph or contact TECO’s Press Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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