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
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)
Thai Students Awarded Scholarship; Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand Is Promoting the Bilateral ExchangeThai students was awarded THB 200,000 (about NT$ 192,400) by the representative Tung Chen-Yuan (童振源) of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand. These students will take courses in the Mandarin Chinese program at the National Chengchi University this summer to deepen the exchange in education between Taiwan and Thailand.The representative office in Thailand released news today about the Praksa Withedsuksa School (PWS), a trilingual school of Samut Prakan Province, Thailand celebrating its 8th anniversary today. Representatives of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, National Chengchi University, and Zu How Industry Co. Ltd. were in attendance to celebrate with PWS. The Zu How Industry Co. Ltd. also supported the school with THB 200,000 for the scholarship, which was awarded by Mr. Tung Chen-Yuan to the 10 outstanding students from the trilingual school.The representative office in Thailand shared that the National Chengchi University (NCCU) has provided free language programs for these 10 students to take Mandarin courses at NCCU during summer. With the expectation to have the bilateral educational exchange rooted deep, the school looks forward to attracting more students from Thailand to study at NCCU. The former governor of Samut Prakan Province, Mr. Somboon Suksamran has expressed in his speech that the primary policy to eliminate poverty for a nation is education; whereas the founder of PWS, Mr. Yongyut Suwanabut, who’s also the MP from Samut Prakan Province, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Tung Chen-yuan for providing the opportunity for students to study in Taiwan.(origin from:CNA)