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Salvadoran student to stay in Taiwan despite cut in ties

2018/09/09 19:18

Janeth Ramirez (photo courtesy of National Cheng Kung University)

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) A Salvadoran student learning Chinese in Taiwan has decided to stay and become a freshman at one of Taiwan's national universities, despite the severing of diplomatic relations last month.

Janeth Ramirez, who has already completed a year of study at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, southern Taiwan, is preparing to start her studies in the university's Department of Chemistry this semester.

According to NCKU's school calender, classes for the semester start Monday.

A total of three Salvadoran students originally planned to enroll at NCKU this semester but following the severing of ties between the Central American country and Taiwan on Aug. 21, two students have since withdrawn, leaving Ramirez the only one to go ahead with her original plans.

When asked why she wanted to continue to study at NCKU, Ramirez said she has become accustomed to the lifestyle in Taiwan and found Taiwanese people very approachable and friendly.

The El Salvador government has agreed to pay food, lodging and living expenses until she completes her program of study, so she only needs to cover the tuition fees, Ramirez said.

NCKU has 316 new international students from 56 countries who start their studies this semester. (Chang Jung-hsiang and William Yen)