Taiwan-Inida relations: influx of promising students for exchanges: official
By Lin Chia-nan / Journalist
The number of Indian students in Taiwan increased by more than 110% between 2016 and 2019, demonstrating the potential for expanding bilateral educational exchanges, said the general manager of the India Taipei association, Gourangalal Das.
The Education Ministry has established more than 20 Taiwan education centers across India, including leading educational institutions, Das said in an interview with the Taipei Hours and its twin journal, the Chinese language journal Time of freedom.
The centers not only help Indian students learn Mandarin, but also expose them to higher education opportunities in Taiwan, he said.
India is one of the largest sources of foreign students in the world, with more than 750,000 Indians studying abroad in 2019, he said.
“The phenomenon of Indian students coming to Taiwan for higher education is somewhat new, but it is a very promising trend,” he said.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of Indian students in Taiwan increased by more than 110% from 2016 to 2019 to reach nearly 3,000, he added.
The generous scholarships offered by Taiwanese universities are another attraction for students, he said.
Taiwan’s goal of becoming bilingual in Chinese and English by 2030 also offers incentives for Indian students, he said.
“India’s new education policy adopted last year has further liberalized collaboration between Indian and foreign universities, and we hope to see Taiwanese universities benefit by forging meaningful collaboration,” Das said.
The number of Taiwan education centers in India rose to 21, after the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India signed agreements with two other Indian universities last month.
Representative in India Baushuan Ger (葛葆萱) encouraged Indian academics to apply for research grants for joint studies from the Ministry of Science and Technology.
The ministry and its Indian counterpart, the Indian Department of Science and Technology, annually issue a joint call for research projects spanning two to three years, the ministry said in a statement, adding that it and the council Indian social science research team signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2019 to promote cooperation in the humanities and social sciences.
Since 2018, National Chung Cheng University has been funded by the ministry to operate the Joint Taiwan-India Artificial Intelligence Research Center, hoping to strengthen its industry partnership, such as with the Indian National Association of Research Companies. software and services, he said.
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