Number of 2017 Taiwan Scholarship recipients a record high
There are altogether 13 recipients of scholarships offered by various agencies in Taiwan in 2017, a record-breaking number since the scholarship programs started in 2005.
Out of the 13 scholarship recipients, 2 students are to be enrolled in the Taiwan Naval Academy to be trained as Palauan marine law enforcement officers after their graduation. 5 students who receive Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Scholarship will have to study Mandarin for the first year and need to pass the language tests to be qualified to further study at a 4-year bachelor degree program of their choice. [restrict] The 4 students who receive International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) scholarship will study at various programs conducted in English, one of them has been accepted to E-DA Medical School from which the two Palauan students have graduated with honors this past June. The Kainan University offers 2 scholarships for the first time. The owner of Kainan University President Lin Chin-Po is also the founder of the Taiwan Royal Group which owns the Palau Royal Resort. This scholarship shows PRR’s aspiration to feed back to the Palauan society.
These students will leave for Taiwan for the upcoming studies in the next few weeks. To facilitate them to settle in in Taiwan more smoothly, Taiwan Embassy held an orientation session at the Ministry of Education on August 9. H.E. Michael YK Tseng of the Taiwan Embassy, Minister of Education Hon. Sinton Soalablai, PNSB Chairperson Dr. Christopher Kitalong, PRR Comptroller Michelle Liao, along with other government officials join with the student recipients and their family members for the orientation.
Ambassador congratulated the students for passing the competitive selection process and expressed his wishes that the recipients can enjoy their study in Taiwan. PNSB Chairperson Dr. Christopher Kitalong further reminded the recipients that the aim of the scholarship program is to dedicate to Palau once graduated from Taiwan. He also encouraged students to be more independent. Minister Soalablai, also a father of the scholarship recipient studying in Taiwan, advised from his own experiences that parents should not worry too much about their children since they will be well taken care of by their peers from Palau and the Taiwan government.
In the Q&A session, parents and students asked questions about settlement and finance. Taiwan Palau Student Association (TPSA) President Symone “Esi” Ubedei and Vice-President Sachi Singeo answered most of the questions, and recommended students should keep close contact with their school advisors, and TPSA will also assist students the best they can.
The scholarships offered annually by the Taiwan related agencies are full scholarship. Since 2005 till 2017, there are 80 Palauan students who have received various Taiwan Scholarships. [/restrict]