Foreigners in Taiwan can now take professional exams in English

New amendment allows Foreign nationals to take professional examinations in English

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(Image from Pixabay user Kaz)

(Image from Pixabay user Kaz)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Ministry of Examination yesterday (Nov. 22) announced the passing of an amendment to the Professionals and Technologists Examinations Act (專門職業及技術人員考試法) that will provide foreign nationals the option of taking license examinations in English, instead of Chinese, reported CNA.

Huang Ching-chang (黃慶章), head of the ministry's professional and technical exams bureau yesterday in a press release announced the promulgation of an amendment to Article 20 of the Professionals and Technologists Examinations Act that allows foreign nationals to take license exams in English. Huang said the change, which went into effect on Nov. 22, was made to encourage professionals with professional certificates to come to Taiwan for international exchanges and enhance the international competitiveness of professional technical personnel in Taiwan.

According to the Ministry of Examination, since its inception, the Professionals and Technologists Examinations Act has always taken an open stance on the provisions for foreigners to apply for license exams. It said this amendment is based on the existing open policy to further encourage applications by foreign nationals.

In an interview with CNA, Huang said that this revision represented two major breakthroughs. First, the provisions in the act were changed to further open up examinations for foreigners and overseas compatriots by allowing them to take them in English or Chinese.

The second breakthrough has been cooperation with professional authorities and public associations in the fields of architecture, technology, and other professional trades in recent years to actively negotiate with other countries on the international mutual recognition of professional qualifications.

Huang said that in the past many of those taking examinations for technical personnel were children of overseas compatriots from Malaysia, because they could speak Chinese. For foreigners, on the other hand, it was a big obstacle to have to answer questions in Chinese, but this new amendment should greatly ease the process, said Huang.

The amendment specifically stipulates that, after being approved by the domestic professional authorities on the principle of equality and reciprocity, the two countries are allowed to provide flexible examinations and recognize each other's respective qualifications. With this flexible design, Huang said it is hoped that Taiwan will be able to expand international cooperation, help professionals acquire transnational professional qualifications, and further expand participation opportunities for Taiwan's industries in the international market.