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Taiwan Education Fair in Philippines attracts thousands

2018/08/19 22:05:18

Manila, Aug. 19 (CNA) Taiwan Education Fair kicked off in the Philippines Sunday, attracting thousands of Filipino youth and parents to explore the quality tertiary education Taiwan has to offer.

A total of 24 leading universities from Taiwan were participating in the two-day education fair at SM Megamall, in the city of Mandaluyong in the Greater Manila Area. It will move to Batangas State University of Luzon Island on Aug. 22.

The education fair was the first to be held in the Philippines since the partnership was forged between Taiwan's National Sun Yat-sen University and Filipino Trinity University of Asia in September 2017 under which they set up an office in each other's campus to promote exchanges.

As Taiwan has increased the level of internationalization in its higher education and enjoyed close ties with the Philippines economically, it has a good chance of bringing in more students from the Philippines, said Kuo Chih-wen (郭志文), who is in charge of international exchange program of National Sun Yat-sen University.

Kuo doubles as head of the school's office in Trinity University of Asia, known as "Taiwan Education Center," one of eight such institutions Taiwan has established also in United States, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Mongolia, to promote bilateral education exchanges with these counties.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Education, the number of international students studying in colleges or universities in Taiwan stood at 117,970 last year, 856 of whom from the Philippines, an increase of 159 from 2016.

(By Emerson Lin and Shih Hsiu-chuan)