TAIPEI (Taiwan news)--The Taiwan government awarded scholarships to outstanding students from El Salvador who wish to study undergraduate, graduate and Mandarin studies in Taiwan.
A total of 20 scholarships were given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Taiwan-ICDF, with the objective of promoting cultural and academic exchanges between both countries.
"Education is a fundamental human right and an essential tool for people and society to grow. Young people are the pillars and the agents of change our countries need in the search of development", said Florence Hsieh, Taiwan ambassador.
The MOFA scholarship allows students to study full Chinese Mandarin courses during their first year in any Chinese center accredited by the Taiwanese government and later on continue their university studies. While Taiwan ICDF scholarship recipients will study a full English program. All students will arrive in Taiwan by the end of August.
"Education does not change the world, it changes people who will change the world”, the ambassador concluded.
In January of every year the Taiwanese Embassy announces the opening for the scholarship program so that outstanding students can apply. Since 1998, more than 300 Salvadorians have received support from MOFA and from Taiwan-ICDF.
The scholarship includes school fees, flight tickets (round trip), health insurance and other university expenses.
El Salvador is one of Taiwan's 20 official diplomatic allies.