Ministry of Education Allows More Categories of Overseas Students to Apply to Enter the Republic of China (Taiwan) from April 1, 2021Degree students have once again been allowed to enter the Republic of China (Taiwan) again since February 8, 2021. In accordance with directions from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the Ministry of Education has announced that students in an additional four categories are allowed to apply to enter from April 1, 2021. These categories are: Huayu Enrichment Scholarship recipients, Taiwan Huayu BEST Scholarship recipients, students sponsored under a bilateral educational cooperation agreement, and students with special entry permits. This will affect approximately 1,400 students. The students in these additional categories must enter Taiwan from Taoyuan International Airport and present an official negative result of a COVID-19 test taken within three days before boarding the flight to Taiwan. They will be met in the Arrivals area by personnel from their university or college who will assist them to report their arrival, and then board special transport to check-in at a quarantine hotel. After spending 14 days at a quarantine hotel, the students will then be retested for Covid-19 and if their test is negative, they will begin a further seven days of self-health management there before being able to begin attending their courses. If the pandemic situation and other circumstances permit, the Ministry will then consider also relaxing restrictions and allowing other categories of students, including Chinese language students, and students wanting to undertake an internship or post graduate research to enter Taiwan in an orderly fashion.
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New U.S.-Taiwan Education InitiativeThis year, international education has looked different, more than ever before. Traditional exchange programs have been largely unavailable, and other avenues of world language and cultural education have gone online. Still, the need for strong cross-cultural learning opportunities remains pressing. Learning a second language benefits students academically and on the job market, with many U.S. employers reporting that they seek candidates who know another language. Unfortunately, the vast majority of states report a shortage of world language teachers. Recruiting teachers for language immersion programs or advanced language instruction is difficult because these positions demand a high level of fluency and discipline-specific vocabulary. Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais recently joined State Department officials and representatives from American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) at a virtual meeting with Taiwan representatives to identify potential steps that the United States and Taiwan could take to meet the growing need for Mandarin teachers in the United States, and for English instructors on Taiwan. The meeting marked the launch of a new U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative. Original full text: https://blog.ed.gov/2021/01/new-u-s-taiwan-education-initiative/?fbclid=IwAR0wsqLZeVUPRAZ38pPqjBJXRjuDBgCKDoo5cb-0LsF4YFBpCzGnImE1Bf8
CECC imposes entry restrictions and quarantine measures for non-R.O.C. nationals starting from January 1, 2021, and tightens quarantine measures for travelers coming to Taiwan starting on January 15, 2021On December 30, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported that coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has continued to spread around the globe. The CECC stated that in consideration of the status of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, Taiwan would impose entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for non-R.O.C. nationals, effective from 00:00 am (local time at the airport of departure) on January 1, 2021, and Taiwan would strengthen quarantine measures form travelers coming to Taiwan, effective from 00:00 am on January 15, 2021. Details about entry restrictions and quarantine regulations for non-R.O.C. nationals are listed below. Non-R.O.C. nationals may enter Taiwan if they meet the following conditions: Foreign nationals: foreign nationals may enter Taiwan if they hold an Alien Resident Certificate (ARC); for diplomatic or official business; to fulfill contractual obligations; for special humanitarian reasons; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an R.O.C. national; or when they obtain other special permission. Hong Kong and Macao residents: Hong Kong and Macao residents may enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; to fulfill contractual obligations; as part of internal transfers within multinational enterprises; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an R.O.C. national; or when they obtain permission under special programs. People from Mainland China: people from Mainland China may enter Taiwan if they hold an ARC; when they are the spouse or the underage child of an R.O.C. national; or when they obtain permission under special programs. Travelers transiting through Taiwan are temporarily prohibited. Short-term business travelers eligible for shortened quarantine periods in Taiwan, except for those who have obtained permission for their application, will be required to complete the 14-day home quarantine. Suspending acceptance of entry applications for international medical care purpose. Special cases or emergency medical care cases are not subject to this rule. The CECC also stated that it would tighten home quarantine measures for travelers entering Taiwan starting from January 15, 2021. Apart from the original requirement of providing a COVID-19 RT-PCR test report issued within three days of boarding, arriving travelers shall also provide proof of the place of quarantine where travelers stay to undergo quarantine (in principle, the place shall be a group quarantine facility or quarantine hotel; those who choose to undergo quarantine at home shall make an affidavit to declare they have met the requirement of one person per residence). Entry quarantine measures will be adjusted on a rolling basis depending on the status of the pandemic and implementation of those measures.
About the entry of students to study Mandarin in TaiwanThe global Covid-19 pandemic is continuing to spread rapidly, and plans to ease restrictions on the entry of students to study Mandarin in Taiwan are currently still under careful assessment. Any changes will be announced on the Ministry of Education’s News Updates page: https://english.moe.gov.tw/cpview-117-24173-6539f-1.html .
The Certification Examination for Proficiency in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language Released Application GuidelinesToday the Ministry of Education (MOE) released the “2020 Application Guidelines for the Certification Examination for Proficiency in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language,” the examination will be held on July 25 and 26. Receiving the certification is the key to unlocking opportunities for teaching and interning overseas.According to released information, the application date for the exam will begin on May 15 to June 1. Applicants are required to mail print material to the “Graduate Academic Affairs Division, Office of Academic Affairs, National Taiwan University” after applying online, and overseas applicants may send their application form to nearby consular.The Certification Examination for Proficiency in Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language is coming to its 15th session since it was first held; around 26,470 teachers have taken the exam and 4,795 have been certified. Certified teachers have priority when applying for overseas teaching positions or internships. By the year 2019, MOE has dispatched 247 Mandarin teachers and 145 teaching assistant instructors to 17 countries. This certification exam consists of written tests in the following four subjects: Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Language Teaching, and Chinese Society and Culture, and an hour for the oral test.Examinees need to pass all four written tests and the oral test, plus proof of foreign language proficiency that meets the standard as required (e.g., score above 785 for TOEIC), to receive their certification. For information and more details, visit the Ministry of Education’s website.(origin from:CNA)