Extracurricular activities play an increasingly important role
in Taiwan’s education system.(Pang Chia-shan)
- Taiwan has implemented a 12-year basic education
system since the 2014 school year.
- There are 152 universities,
colleges and junior colleges in Taiwan.
Education is an important component of government
policymaking and accounts for a large portion of the
budget. With an increasing emphasis on attaining tertiary
education, those with a technical college or university
degree account for 46.5 percent of Taiwan’s
population aged 15 and above, a 9.4 percentage point
increase over the past decade.
To offer students more opportunities, the Ministry of
Education introduced the 12-year basic education to
build on the nine-year compulsory education beginning
in 2014. Every year in competitions such as the
International Science Olympiad, young students from Taiwan win distinctions in biology, chemistry, earth sciences,
mathematics, informatics and physics. The talent
in Taiwan’s workforce has contributed tremendously to
enhancing economic prosperity and quality of life.
In 2013, the MOE assumed responsibility for the Sports
Affairs Council as part of the government’s efforts to better
promote sport for all. Taipei hosted the 2017 Summer
Universiade, one of the biggest sporting events ever
staged in Taiwan.
Both government and university scholarships are available
for international students. The Taiwan Scholarship
program, for instance, offers grants to students who
wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees
in diverse fields. Interested applicants can contact the
country’s embassies and representative offices or visit
the MOE’s website: www.edu.tw.
To encourage international students to learn Mandarin
in Taiwan, the MOE established the Huayu Enrichment
Scholarship. This program enables foreign students
to undertake Mandarin courses at affiliated language
training centers around the nation, while also boosting
international awareness and understanding of Taiwan
culture and society.
A list of Mandarin training centers and information on
learning the language in Taiwan can be found on the
websites of the MOE, Study in Taiwan (www.studyintaiwan.org
) and the
Office of Global Mandarin Education (ogme.edu.tw