The Taiwan government looking for more international students, and has set the aspiring target of reaching 150,000 international students by 2020. To try to hit this target, many universities in Taiwan are increasing the number of degree courses taught partly or entirely in English, and the government is also offering a series of scholarships for international students. Many of Taiwan’s top universities also offer their own international scholarships.
The Taiwan Fellowships & Scholarships (TAFS) program is a Republic of China (R.O.C.) government initiative aimed to promote research, educational links, and enduring friendships between Taiwan and the global community. The TAFS program comprises 8 awards in 3 categories: 1. Research Fellowships 2. Huayu (Mandarin) Enrichment Scholarships, and 3. Scholarships to undertake degree studies. Approximately 1,200 awards are provided annually for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers from across the world to study or conduct advanced research in Taiwan.
In 2002, Dr. Sunney I. Chan, former Vice President of Academia Sinica, with the support of former Academia Sinica President Dr. Yuan Tseh Lee, and former Minister of Education Dr. Ovid J.-L. Tzeng sowed the first seeds of the TIGP program in Academia Sinica. They envisioned a program through which young scholars could start their research / academic career in the best possible environment and be transformed into future leaders.
Many of Taiwan’s top universities also offer their own international scholarships.