Number of Taiwanese students heading for U.S. rises again

U.S. students in Taiwan also record increase, but proportion falls

The University of California at Berkeley (photo by gku)

The University of California at Berkeley (photo by gku) (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The number of Taiwanese students heading for the United States to continue their studies has been rising again after diving 20 percent over the previous decade, according to Ministry of Education data released Wednesday.

Figures show that during the academic year 2017-2018, a total of 22, 454 students from Taiwan were registered in the U.S., a slight rise from the 21,516 during the previous year, the Central News Agency reported.

Taiwan was maintaining its position as the seventh largest source of foreign students in the U.S., while over the previous 10 years, the number of Taiwanese had slipped by 5,611, or about 20 percent, the ministry said.

The most popular area of study included science, engineering and mathematics, followed by business management and arts or social studies.

In the other direction, 3,868 Americans traveled to Taiwan, 2,618 of them to study Mandarin Chinese, CNA reported.

While the number of U.S. students in Taiwan was rising, their proportion had fallen to a low of 3.2 percent due to faster increases in the number of students from the New Southbound Policy countries and from China, according to the ministry data.