Under Taiwan's new policy, which it adopted last year, it is seeking to attract more foreign students especially, from India.
"The central focus of our New Southbound policy is to strengthen ties with Southeast Asia and India," Rebecca Lan, Deputy Director General at the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education in Taiwan's Ministry of Education, said during an interaction with a group of visiting journalists from the region here.
"Many of our universities hold very high world rankings and we want more students from these countries to come and study here," she said.
Under its new policy, the East Asia Island nation is looking forward to broaden its exchanges and cooperation with the India including five other South Asian nation, the 10 member states of the Association of South East Asian Nation (Asean) and Australia and New Zeland.
Under the new policy:
- The ministry of Education (Taiwan) will form a think tank to help train its people to increase their interaction with India and other countries of the Southeast Asia.
- Taiwan will set up interactive communication platforms and higher education alliance.
- Will work to identify the different educational services requirements of each country.
According to Lan, despite having visa-free or visa on arrival agreements with 162 countries, the country shares diplomatic relation with only 21 nations .
"Courses are fully taught in English in Taiwan's colleges and universities," she pointed out.
With its own literacy rate nearing 100% (exact, 98.6%) the island, now is seeking to welcome more students from the targeted nations under its new policy.