TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) launched an initiative to attract students from India and Malaysia to study and work in Taiwan, aiming at exporting the island’s industries to the South Asian market through ICT education programs, during a press conference last week.
A total of six higher education academic institutions are involved in the initiative, including the University of Taipei, National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and National Taipei University of Technology, according to Ko.
Each school plans to provide 40 openings, and each student will receive a subsidy of NT$80,000 (about US$2,600) for tuition fees and NT$36,000 for accommodation expenses, Ko said. Some of Taiwan’s leading corporations in the ICT industry also offer internship opportunities for participating students, who will be required to stay in Taiwan to work in related industries for at least two years after graduation, the mayor added.
India boasts a rich pool of IT talents. With India expecting to exceed China in population, he believes the nation will become a pivotal market for Taiwan’s businesses.
On the other hand, Malaysia, a nation where one-fourth of the population speak Chinese, is an important portal for Taiwan to enter the Muslim market.
These countries will become a complementary force for an island specialized in hardware infrastructure, and connections to the two markets will give an impetus to Taiwan while it struggles to make diplomatic progress, Ko said.
The mayor envisions that the initiative will bear fruit in five years.