High MOE Outgoing Exchange Student Scholarship received from the Ministry of Education in 2020
Every year, NTNU would apply for the 'Study Abroad' Scholarship Series from the Ministry of Education with the goal of encouraging Taiwanese students to go abroad and broaden their horizons while working towards their degree. This year, the Ministry of Education has announced the list of MOE Outgoing Exchange Student Scholarship, which is made up of 107 local tertiary institutions. NTNU, along with 5 other universities, has received 5.4 million NTD in scholarship grant, the highest figure ever awarded to an individual institution.
NTNU has spared no effort in its push for globalization in recent years. Be it in academic research, exchange programs for both faculty members and students, or the establishment of sister-school partnerships, opportunities for international exchanges and collaboration are many and still growing. Students can take advantage of the school's rich resources to visit other countries on exchange or take some courses, some of it might even count towards their degree. This way, they can widen their horizons at a young age and gain an international worldview. In 2019, a total of 1,876 students, or 14.4% of the student body, participated in overseas programs. Among them, the 401 exchange students made up the largest group. This is an increase of 40.7% from the figure in 2016, illustrating the fact that NTNU students have a growing interest in studying abroad.
In order to encourage and attract even more students to participate in overseas programs, NTNU has been actively introducing various schemes, including organizing publicity events for these programs and offering scholarships and grants. When it comes to publicity, the Office of International Affairs (OIA) has published a list of school-level and department-level exchange partnerships on the 'Study Abroad' section of its website, which also includes information on the selection criteria for each program (Note 1). At the same time, OIA has also taken the initiative to provide information on foreign language courses (European languages, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian languages) (Note 2). These measures have been put in place to help students start planning their academic journey early and to decide on the overseas program that matches their needs. Scholarship-wise, there is a subsidy offered by the University to encourage overseas study for students interested in signing up for overseas programs on top of tapping on the 'Study Abroad' Scholarship given out by the Ministry of Education. With these schemes in place, NTNU is able to recommend and send students on exchange programs to our sister-schools, which are some of the top universities around the world. Thanks to the support of all faculty and students, NTNU has, once again, reached new heights in its effort to connect to the international community. This year, for MOE Outgoing Exchange Student Scholarship program alone, NTNU has received a grant of 5.4 million NTD, which will go toward subsidizing students participating in overseas programs from 2020 to 2021, such as dual degree programs, exchange programs, and visits to foreign universities. The grant provides a substantial subsidy to students and relieves them of the financial burden of going abroad. As such, international exposure can be a common experience for all NTNU students!
Note 1: List of school-level and department-level exchange partnerships
Note 2: Information on foreign language courses
■ European languages: http://www.giect.ntnu.edu.tw/pages1/super_pages.php?ID=pages11 (Graduate Institute of European Cultures and Tourism)
■ Japanese Program: https://www.cla.ntnu.edu.tw/index.php/japanese/ (College of Liberal Arts)
■ Korean Program: https://www.cla.ntnu.edu.tw/index.php/korean/ (College of Liberal Arts)
■ Southeast Asian languages: http://www.cge.ntnu.edu.tw/uploads/student/tw/2.pdf (Center for General Education)