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U.S. remains top choice for overseas study

Taiwan has always sent large numbers of students to the U.S. to study, a trend that continues

Scott Robinson, director of the American Cultural Center, believes the U.S. offers the best education in the world.

Scott Robinson, director of the American Cultural Center, believes the U.S. offers the best education in the world.

When asked what is their ideal destination for overseas study, Taiwanese students will most likely answer the United States.
"The greatest variety of programs, types of schools and a very open academic system that allows students to think, explore and experiment are what stands out in U.S. education," said Scott Robinson, director of American Cultural Center during an interview with the Taiwan News on Sept. 23.
Best in the world
"I firmly believe the U.S. offers the best education in the world," he added.
According to Robinson, since the late 1940s, Taiwan has been among the Top 10 sources of foreign students in the U.S and has ranked fifth or sixth in recent years. Despite the fluctuations in the U.S. economy last year. Robinson believes the economy has little influence on recruiting foreign students.
"U.S. universities value foreign students," he said, "They are keen on recruiting and compete for the best students."
Musing about his childhood, Robinson shared his experiences with foreign students. He first knew about Taiwan from his classmates in elementary school.
"When people study in another country they come to understand the culture and people first hand," he said. "The chance to meet people from other countries was a very important experience in my life."
Finding the information
Education USA is a project launched by the U.S. Department of State to encourage more foreign students to come to the U.S. for education. It is a global network which includes 450 advising centers world wide. Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) and American International Education Foundation (AIEF) are two organizations in Taiwan that offer free and neutral counseling for those who have an interest in studying in the U.S. Every year in the spring and fall the AIEF holds the Education Fair for Taiwanese students to join and gather all the necessary information.
Promotion arms
"With more than 4000 colleges and universities in the U.S.," said Robinson, "there's a school for everybody."
"But every school has different advantages," he added, "Join the fair and do some research to find out the most suitable school."
This fall AIEF's American Education Fair will take place on Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 in Taipei, Oct. 5 in Kaohsiung and Oct. 6 in Taichung. For details or to sign up in advance, please call AIEF at (02) 2705-8840 or visit the AIEF website at www.aief.org.tw.