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Technology university eyes Southeast Asia, Africa for students

Technology university eyes Southeast Asia, Africa for students

Taipei, Dec. 20 (CNA) With international students accounting for 11.44 percent of its graduate student pool, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) is hoping to attract more foreign students, especially those from Southeast Asia and Africa, according to the university's president.

Liao Ching-jong said Dec.16 that considering the impact of the declining birth rate in recent decades on university enrollment, NTUST has been aiming at recruiting international graduate students and currently has 469 enrolled from abroad.

Nearly 30 percent of the courses offered by the university are taught in English, with some departments providing more than 60 percent of them in English, Liao said.

The top source of international students is Indonesia, followed by Vietnam and Ethiopia, Liao added.

Liao said that students from Southeast Asia are more interested in science, engineering, technology and management, while those from Europe and North America are more keen on design and architecture.

The university will continue to target Southeast Asian and African countries for prospective students and will also enhance its career consultation services to help international graduates find jobs in Taiwan, said Liao.

There were 29,589 international students, both matriculated of 2014-15, according to Ministry of Education statistics.

Among them, 20,010 (67.63 percent) were from Asia, 4,661 (15.75 percent) were from the Americas, and 3,455 (11.68 percent) were from Europe, followed by 868 from Africa and 595 from Oceania, according to the statistics.

Broken down by country, number one, at 3,756, was Malaysia, followed by Japan with 3,722, Vietnam with 3,372, South Korea with 2,444, and the United States with 2,417. In sixth to tenth places were Indonesia (2,350), Thailand (1,009), France (951), Mongolia (781) and India (743), according to the statistics. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-25 18:19 GMT+08:00