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International Education and Training
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To achieve this objective, our International Education and Training Department performs a range of interconnected operations. Our in-depth, professional workshops are dedicated to contemporary trends in development, while our higher education scholarship program draws on expertise at Taiwanese universities to strengthen know-how in critical disciplines. We also cooperate with a number of international organizations on training projects.
Drawing on Taiwan’s own social and economic development, our workshops are designed to strengthen human resources in partner countries. They cover a range of contemporary development issues such as trade and industry, agriculture, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), health care and environmental protection. Participants include staff of government agencies, high-ranking officials or NGO workers from our developing partner countries.
Each year, we organize up to 20 workshops for around 500 participants.
We also share Taiwan's development experiences in the agricultural, SME and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sectors by cooperating with multilateral and bilateral organizations such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation, and the Interchange Association Japan. Together, we have conducted various human resources projects, professional training workshops and regional seminars within our partner countries, with curricula designed to address local and regional development issues.
Overseas Education Projects
We grant scholarships and provide school supplies to improve primary and secondary education throughout our partner countries. Boosting educational opportunities and creating better learning environments has neutralized problems that face poorer communities, and led to a reduction in absenteeism and drop-out rates.
From 2000 to 2009, we provided US$100,000 per year in scholarships to students in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Kitts and Nevis, and from 2001 to 2011, worked with World Vision to provide subsidized tuition, school meals and materials for 1,000 disadvantaged children in Mongolia, also worth US$100,000 per year. From 2011 to 2013, we are promoting a similar program in Burkina Faso to help poor, vulnerable children living in or around gold mines and quarries via cooperation with the Terre des Hommes Lausanne Foundation.
Our International Higher Education Scholarship Program was initiated in 1998 when we joined forces with a group of Taiwanese universities to offer scholarships for a number of English-language courses, up to and including Ph.D. level. To expand the scope of the scholarship, from 2014 we are providing a further range of bachelor’s programs taught in Mandarin.
The program enables talented young citizens to come to Taiwan to pursue their higher education and follow course materials and learning objectives that are specifically designed to address key development issues. The program provides full financial support for tuition and living expenses, and having grown in scope over the years, now covers 35 courses from 21 universities — 12 bachelor's, 21 master's and two Ph.D. programs. These courses focus on the development needs of our partner countries by addressing issues such as tropical agriculture, aquatic sciences, business administration, information technology, human resource development, medicine and public health, or various fields of engineering. All of these disciplines are in high demand in our developing partner countries. We aim to boost social development and economic growth by generating a pool of quality human resources.
Each year we provide scholarships to around 175 new students.
TaiwanICDF Alumni Societies are designed to build on the various education and training programs that we have organized over the years. Membership is automatically granted to anyone who visits Taiwan to participate in our training programs, and helps to foster a sense of unity for participants once they have returned home. We offer funding to support the operations and activities of local societies, through which alumni gain access to a network of support from the TaiwanICDF and other fellow alumni as well as resources to support their continued professional development.
At present, we sponsor the activities of 33 TaiwanICDF Alumni Societies in 32 countries.
Taiwan International Cooperation Alliance
The formation of the Taiwan International Cooperation Alliance (TICA) originally grew out of the operations of our International Higher Education Scholarship Program. As the number of courses and host institutions expanded, we recognized the need to integrate the planning and management of these cooperating institutions, and began to organize a forum to address the operational effectiveness of the program.
In 2003, this culminated in the formation of TICA, comprising the TaiwanICDF and six higher education institutions. TICA has since been instrumental in improving the management of TaiwanICDF scholarships and promoting the internationalization of Taiwanese campuses. TICA membership now comprises all 21 of the Taiwanese institutions offering courses through our scholarship program.
Each year we host a series of high-level, decision-making meetings for TICA members, through which representatives of each school are able to share their experience. This encourages individual institutions to implement and manage their part in the scholarship program as diligently and effectively as possible. We also publish the TICA Newsletter and the Journal of International Cooperation to document the lighter side of student life and to support students' academic research. At the same time, we also organize a number of extracurricular activities and cultural events to promote links between overseas and Taiwanese students.