TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 1,282 Taiwanese overseas students have returned home to continue their studies amid the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, reports said Thursday (Nov. 26).
As travel between countries became more difficult and schools across the world were forced to interrupt their classes, the Taiwanese government offered 3,540 places at local colleges and universities to returning students. The first phase of the program saw 1,282 students register, CNA reported.
According to the Ministry of Education (MOE), the list includes students from some of the world’s most prestigious schools. Students returned from MIT and Columbia University to continue their studies at National Taiwan University (NTU), while National Chengchi University (NCCU) saw registrations from Tokyo University, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), and the State University of New York (SUNY).
A total of 1,185 are enrolled in bachelor’s programs, 95 are pursuing master’s degrees, and two are involved in PhD programs. Most of the students remain registered with their overseas universities and plan to head back once the pandemic relents, the MOE said.
Universities are offering 2,643 extra places for returned students during the second phase of the program, which begins with the second semester in February.