BY LORETTA BRIGIDIA MANELE
TAIWAN’S resources and quality serves as the top reason as to why international students choose to undertake studies in the country home to an estimated 24 million people.
The sentiment was expressed by Professor Yue-Gau Chen of National Taiwan University’s (NTU) Department of Geosciences who on July 19 delivered a presentation to Taiwan Scholarship recipients at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) lecture theatre.
He told the students that there are a great number of international students who have studied and are studying in Taiwan.
Chen added that among 10 reasons why foreign students favour Taiwan as a suitable place to study, academic resources and quality, diverse culture and reasonable and affordable tuition settles as the top three reasons.
Moreover, he explained that Taiwan has a total of 155 universities in four categories, namely; national universities, private universities, national technological universities and colleges and private technological universities and colleges.
The professor also took the opportunity to introduce his university to the students, the National Taiwan University, regarded as a prestigious university that is also celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.
Professor Chen emphasised that the university’s four missions are; to create new knowledge through research, cultivate talents from teaching, contribute to society through service and combine theory and practice through entrepreneurship.
Meanwhile, Chen also spoke about the work Taiwan is doing with Solomon Islands under the MOU on meteorology cooperation.
Under the MOU, Taiwan and Solomon Islands signed in April 2017, both countries through the National Taiwan University, Central Weather Bureau and MECDM’s Meteorology department are currently working together to install weather stations, improve seismic network, and provide training to Solomon Islands Met staff under the common goal of mitigating natural hazards.
Professor Chen was accompanied by fellow NTU delegation members, Central Weather Bureau (CWB) officials and Director of MECDM’s Meteorology Department, Mr David Hiba Hiriasia.