Thursday, February 9, 2012

Taiwan Proposes New Education Cooperation with RI

Taiwan proposes new education cooperation with RI.
Jakarta  (ANTARA News) - Taiwan proposes a new cooperation on the educational sector with the Indonesian government under a general Memorandum of Understanding. The educational theme is covered by the MoU along with other target sectors such as labor and the economy.

“The proposal is now in the hands of the Foreign Affairs Ministry for further study. We hope the proposal can be approved and signed soon,” Taiwan`s Minister of Education, Ching-Ji Wu, said here on Tuesday during his visit to ANTARA News Agency.

In educational sector, minister Wu said, Taiwan proposes a student and lecturers exchange with Indonesia scholarships for Indonesian students. He added that Taiwan was also proposing a double degree program for Indonesian students.

“We propose this cooperation to boost business to business and people to people contact between the two countries. I hope in the future the cooperation will improve,” he added. Indonesians are now the third largest group of foreigners studying in Taiwan after Vietnamese and Malaysians, a Taiwanese official said.
“Most of the Indonesian students are majoring in engineering, technology and business management at some of Taiwan`s finest universities,” the director of Elite Study In Taiwan (ESIT) program, Tsang-yao Chen, said here Tuesday.

Indonesian students studying in Taiwan in 2009 reached 2,275 consisting of 1,392 degree-seeking students, six exchange students and 877 Chinese language students, while some 55 university-level education cooperation agreements had been signed from 2000 to 2009 between Taiwan and Indonesia, which indicated the extent of the two countries` collaboration in the educational field.

The goal of Taiwan`s international education scholarship program was to increase exchanges of people for better cultural understanding between countries to build a solid ground in relationship, especially with Indonesia. Taiwan`s higher education and training ranked fifth and fourth in the world by WEF (World Economy Forum) in 2006 and 2007, in the Global Information Technology Report 2008-2009 by WEF, wile Taiwan is 13th among the 134 countries ranked.

In 2009, the number of research publications in Taiwan ranked 17th in SCI (Science Citations), 15th in SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) and 10th in EI (Elsevier Engineering Index).


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