TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Like many others, Manik Kumar after graduation from high school in New Delhi, India dreamed of studying abroad. He planned on continuing his studies in United States, but was introduced to the idea of studying in Taiwan when his parents, both whom had many friends and acquaintances in Taiwan, suggested Manik give it a shot.
He soon applied at the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Center and was excited to learn that he had been offered a full scholarship from the Taiwan government to pursue his further studies in Hsinchu county, Taiwan for a four-year bachelor’s program. "I felt blessed and honored at that time but I was very excited about moving to Taiwan. I had done a little research about Taiwan and I found myself falling in love with the beauty and tradition of this Island paradise," said Manik.
The Taiwan Government Scholarship Programme is considered to be the most prestigious scholarship in Taiwan, granted to the most suitable candidates after a final Interview in New Delhi. Most International students who wish to study in Taiwan hope to receive this scholarship as it offers the maximum amount of stipend compared to any other scholarships in Taiwan. A total sum of NT$25,000 (US$828) is granted to the student every month to support their living, education and other miscellaneous costs while pursuing the degree course in Taiwan.
"I received a BBA Degree in Technology Management from National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu. After graduation, I continued my Master's education and this time I was awarded the Outstanding Student Scholarship from my university for 2 years. After my MBA, I took part in career seminars where I dropped my CVs with some companies and was later called for interviews. Through these seminars I got my job at a company called Infomax Communication Co Ltd, a subsidiary of the Macronix group, which designs, manufactures and tests memory chips in Taiwan, as the Sales Director (India) for 3 years. I am currently working for the company Nerotec Semiconductor Co. Ltd and was selected out of 500 candidates,”continued Manik.
"I feel truly blessed and am very thankful to my professors and the Taiwan government who gave me this opportunity and believed in me," Manik concluded.
Manik's story is an inspiration to many Indian students who come to Taiwan to study with the hope of finding a suitable job that would help kick start their career and opportunities like the Taiwan Government Scholarship Programme plays a major role in shaping it.