Taipei, June 11 (CNA) Seventeen universities in Vietnam are looking to hire a total of 19 Taiwanese teachers in light of a surge in interest in learning Mandarin Chinese, a Taiwanese official said on Monday.
Taiwanese teachers are very popular in Vietnam, stated Aaron Chen, director of the Cultural Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Only Taiwanese citizens can apply for the positions and applications, which will be accepted until June 18, should be sent by mail to the Department of Applied Chinese of Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung, Chen said.
He added that the universities prefer applicants to have degrees in teaching Chinese, but will consider applications from all interested parties.
One reason for Vietnamese people's interest in learning Mandarin is the intimate relationship between the two countries' cultures that contain many similarities, Chen said.
Both countries place great importance on festivals like the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival and Chinese New Year, for example, and both also uphold traditions such as thank-you parties for teachers.
Applications should include: a registration form, diploma, transcript, resume, cover letter, certification of teaching experience, proof of teaching ability and foreign language skills, and any other relevant information.
(By Lung Jui-yun and I-Ling Chen)