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Developing Successful Academic Relations with Taiwan

Presented by:

Dr. Gail Cuthbert Brandt

Dr. Lawrence Huang

Dr. Mario Laforest


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Canada - Taiwan Comparison Chart (2004-2005)


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Numbers of Student Visas Issued by

Major Countries of Destination

(Source: Ministry of Education)


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Foreign Students in Taiwan

(Source: Ministry of Education)


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INCREASING NUMBER OF FOREIGN STUDENTS

IN CANADA (FLOWS)

Foreign Student Population by Principal Country of Origin, Annual Flows – Initial Entries, 2000-2002

Reference: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Facts and Figures 2002


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Major Agenda of Higher Education in Taiwan

  • Quality Assurance

  • Internationalization

  • Accountability


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Government Partnership

  • The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT)

  • Ministry of Education

  • “Memorandum of Understanding on Education Cooperation”

  • Canada-Taiwan Conference on Higher Education


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Scholarship Opportunities to Canadian Students

  • Taiwan Scholarships:

    5 scholarships (duration 3 to 4 years) for degree programs, e.g. Bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees

  • Mandarin Language Scholarships:

    5 Scholarships (duration 1 year) for language and culture programs


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Research Grants for Taiwan Studies

  • Nature of grants:

    Promote Taiwan studies in Canada and foster contacts between academics in both countries. Only scholars are eligible for this grant.

  • Benefits:

    Travel allowance (round – trip Canada – Taiwan economy ticket) Per diem of US$180 (up to three weeks)

  • Total number of grantees since 1994:

    “Canadian Association of Taiwan Studies” (CATS) with 36 members

  • Annual Conference Meetings:

    2003 in Ottawa, 2004 in Calgary and 2005 in Montreal


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English Teachers Recruiting

  • Canada, through the CECN Network, is the first country to reach an agreement with Taiwan in 2004 to recruit certified English teachers to come to Taiwan to teach at elementary schools.

  • Since September 2004, 35 teachers have come to Taiwan

  • The target for 2006 is 100 teachers


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Agreement of Academic Cooperation Between Quebec and Taiwan

  • Quebec offers ten “Quebecer tuition fees rate” bursaries to Taiwanese college students

  • Taiwan offers ten “tuition fees free” bursaries

  • The agreement will be signed in Spring 2006


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Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)International Academic Mobility (IAM) Initiative

  • Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education

  • Canada – European Union Program for Co-operation in Higher Education and Training

  • Canada – Asia (?)


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Tips on Working with Taiwan Partners

  • Participation in overseas education fairs

  • Establish direct academic linkages with colleges or universities

  • Choose a reputable local recruiting agent for ESL program

  • Provide your best service to the students on campus

  • Work closely with our offices in Canada


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Useful Links for Canadian Students

  • GOVERNMENT LINKS IN TAIWAN

    Taiwan’s Ministry of Education – www.moe.gov.tw

    Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – www.mofa.gov.tw

    Taiwan’s Government Information Office – www.gio.gov.tw

  • VISITING TAIWAN

    Taiwan Map –www.taiwan-map.com

    General Information on Taiwan – http://202.39.225.132/jsp/Eng/html/about_taiwan/general.jsp

  • STUDY OPPORTUNITIES IN TAIWAN

    Study in Taiwan – www.studyintaiwan.org

    Taiwan Scholarship for Canadian Students – www.comnet.ca/~moecult/2005_2006_Scholarship.htm

    Language Scholarship for Canadian Students –

    www.comnet.ca/~moecult/Language_Scholarship.htm

    List of Universities and Colleges in Taiwan – www.studyintaiwan.org/university_college_guide/university_college_guide.htm

    List of Mandarin Language Centers –

    www.studyintaiwan.org/learning-chinese/learning-chinese.htm

  • TAIPEI ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL OFFICE, CANADA

    Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Canada – www.taiwan-canada.org

    Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto – www.toronto-teco.org

    Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Vancouver – www.taiwan-vancouver.org


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2005 Autumn Education UK Exhibition

The Best You Can Be!!

The British Council is holding an Education UK Exhibition from the 29 October to 5 November 2005, in Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung and Kaoshiung. Representatives from 95 British Universities and Schools will be taking part and you will be able to find out about a wide range of full time and distance learning courses from Secondary School to University study including English Language and Vocational Courses as well as Undergraduate, Masters and PhD qualifications.


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Canadian Education Fair

Taipei, Taiwan

October 7~8, 2005


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The Go Abroad Fair

Toronto, Canada

October 14~15, 2005


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Opportunities for Canadian Universities in Taiwan

Dr. Gail Cuthbert Brandt

University of Waterloo

Canadian Bureau for International Education

November 14, 2005


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Personal and Institutional Connections to Taiwan

  • 1992-2002 (Principal, Renison College, UW)

    -annual East Asian Festivals

    -generous support by TECO Toronto and TECO Ottawa in supporting the cultural programming (e.g. loaning traditional Chinese costumes)

    - Renison professor of Psychology awarded a Taiwan Studies Grant for Canadian scholars to support her research in cross-cultural study of how children learn


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Institutional Connections,2

  • 2003-present (Associate Vice-President Academic – responsible for international relations)

  • Faculty of Engineering, UW has had an exchange with National Taiwan University since 2003

  • 2005 – UW signed an MOU with NTU

    - attended the 8th annual Canada-Taiwan Conference on Higher Education held at National Taiwan University, May 2-4, 2005

    -main theme: “University Education for Global Citizenship”

    -attended by representatives of 12 Canadian universities and 14 Taiwanese universities


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8th Canada-Taiwan Conference on Higher Education


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8th Canada-Taiwan Conference on Higher Education

  • Issues explored included: joint degree/dual degree recognition, credit recognition between universities, faculty and student exchanges, and other areas for collaboration

  • Minister of Education announced that the government of Taiwan will provide extra funding to Taiwanese universities that internationalize

  • Taiwanese focus on advanced engineering, S & T


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Areas of Collaboration

  • Research

    -Taiwan is one of the world’s leader in computer technology and semiconductor research

    - government invests heavily in R & D

    - world renowned research park in

    Hsinchu (72 km. south of Taipei)

    -two of Taiwan’s top national universities – National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University are located in same city

    -Hsinchu known as the “Science City of Taiwan”


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Research, 2

  • Given emphasis on internationalization, many excellent opportunities for Canadian faculty to go to Taiwan as visiting professors

  • Areas of strength in Taiwanese Universities: Chinese literature, indigenous studies, biodiversity, semiconductors , SME management, international business, regional studies, semi-tropical diseases


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Research, 3

  • Academia Sinica (www.sinica.edu.tw)

    - Taiwan’s pre-eminent research institute, affiliated directly to the Presidential Office of R.O.C.

    -headed by Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Dr. Yuan-Tseh Lee

    -25 research institutes in the areas of mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, humanities and social sciences headed by world-class scholars

    -tremendous opportunities for Canadian graduate students and faculty to connect with these research institutes


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Areas of Collaboration

  • Student Exchanges

    -in 2004, 32,000 outgoing students from Taiwan; only 6,000 incoming

    -Taiwanese government and universities are keen to achieve more balance

    - % of student body that is international will become a KPI for universities


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Student Exchanges, 2

- 158 universities in Taiwan represent excellent opportunities for Canadian universities to develop exchanges

- many top quality, comprehensive universities as potential partners

- graduate exchanges


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Areas of collaboration: Joint Degrees

  • great potential at both the undergraduate and graduate level

  • advantageous to students – less expensive since spend only two years (or 1 yr. in case of Masters) in Canada & get degree from both institutions

  • reinforces connections among faculty members on both sides


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Other Opportunities: Visa Students

  • International Student Recruitment

    - in 2004, Taiwan was Canada’s 6th largest market for study visas – 22% were issued to those seeking BA or grad degree

    -Canada was students’ 2nd choice after USA

    - considerable room for expansion since only approx. 2100 Taiwanese came to study in Canada while over 14,000 went to USA

    -high standard of living in Taiwan, high value put on education, parents willing to pay for high quality education


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Other Opportunities, 2

  • Strong interest in graduate programs – in last five years, numbers of Taiwanese students seeking grad degrees has more than doubled

  • CECN report, July 2004: “Quality candidates are often discouraged by the long response time of Canadian graduate programs compared to those of other countries.”


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Other opportunities, 3

  • ESL

    -continued strong demand for ESL programs at all levels

    -for Canadian universities and colleges, ESL programs tied to conditional admission is very attractive

    -opportunities for exchange of ESL personnel with ESL centres at major Taiwanese universities


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Conclusion

  • For Canadian universities, there are many excellent opportunities to build strong academic relations with Taiwan’s universities and relationships, and to recruit high quality undergraduate and graduate students


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Experimental Forest of National Taiwan University, Chitou


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