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City Mounts Campaign to Lure Indian, Malaysian Students

During a press conference on October 12, Mayor Ko Wen-je launched an initiative to attract students from India and Malaysia to study and work in Taiwan. The move is aimed at exporting the island’s industries to the South Asian market through ICT education programs.
According to Ko, a total of six higher education academic institutions are involved in the initiative, including University of Taipei, National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, National Chiao Tung University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and National Taipei University of Technology.
Each school plans to provide 40 openings. Furthermore, each student will receive a subsidy of NT$80,000 for tuition fees and NT$36,000 for accommodation expenses. Some of the leading corporations in the ICT industry also offer internship opportunities for participating students, who will be required to stay in Taiwan to work in related industries for at least two years after graduation.
Malaysia, a nation where one-fourth of the population speak Chinese, is an important portal for Taiwan as an entry point into the Muslim market. India, on the other hand, boasts a rich pool of IT talents from the Indian Institutes of Technology. The country will become a complementary force for an island known for its hardware infrastructure. Securing connections to the two markets will give an impetus to Taiwan while it struggles to make diplomatic progress, Ko reckoned.
Adding that with India expecting to exceed China in population-ranking, he believes the nation on the subcontinent will become a pivotal market for Taiwan’s businesses. He envisions that the initiative will bear fruit in five years.