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Introduction

The New Southbound Talent Development Program takes a people-oriented approach and aims to foster bilateral exchange and mutual resources sharing.

Part One:
Market

Talent Cultivation

For second-generation immigrants: Southeast Asian language skills and internship experience

In alignment with the curriculum guidelines of Taiwan’s 12-year basic education, offer Southeast Asian language courses at elementary and junior high schools, prepare appropriate teaching materials, and train qualified teachers. Send senior high schools to Southeast Asia for interschool cultural exchanges.

Develop overseas career experiences of new immigrants’ children by subsidizing their stay in ancestral countries during summer break.

Offer tuition subsidies to second-generation immigrants that study “major disciplines” (major industries that overseas Taiwanese businesses are involved in) and speak Southeast or South Asian languages, and provide job matching services after their graduation.

For Taiwanese university teachers and students: A deeper understanding of Southeast Asian languages, cultures and industries

Provide subsidies to colleges and universities for offering credit courses and programs on industries and regional study geared towards to the New Southbound Policy; build a database of regional trade talent.

Provide subsidies to university students for training or internship in the fields of e-commerce, biomedicine, information engineering and traditional industries at overseas Taiwanese businesses or multi-national corporations.

Offer funding to university professors and students for overseas research in ASEAN and South Asian nations.

Provide subsidies to university professors and students on exchange to the targeted countries, as well as selected university trainee teachers at for training and internship at Taiwanese schools in Southeast Asia.

For ASEAN and South Asian students: Professional, practical and Mandarin language skills

Provide a wide range of customized training programs or courses to meet the needs for education and professional training of the targeted countries, including :

  • degree programs through academia-industry cooperation for foreign students;
  • short-term non-degree youth technical training programs;
  • short-term non-degree training programs for teachers of professional skills;
  • overseas preparatory courses (covering languages, basic disciplines, and technical skills training) offered by domestic schools;
  • summer schools;
  • senior management training programs tailored for government officials or school administrators from ASEAN and South Asian countries.
Part Two:
Pipeline

Talent Exchange

Attract more outstanding Southeast and South Asian students to Taiwan for study or research

For foreign students
Attract outstanding students from the targeted countries to Taiwan for study or research by integrating and expanding grants and scholarships, including:

  • the MOE-funded Taiwan Scholarship;
  • the Hanyu Enrichment Scholarship;
  • short-term research grants;
  • bilateral government scholarships;
  • the Southern Sunshine Scholarship; and
  • the Taiwan Experience Education Program (for short-term professional internship).
  • For overseas compatriot students

  • Double the scale of the Outstanding Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship and the Elite Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship;
  • Provide subsidies to universities for the Outstanding Overseas Compatriot Student Scholarship for Graduate Students; and
  • Increase the Grant for Overseas Compatriot Students in Financial Need.
  • Encourage Taiwanese students to gain extensive experiences in Southeast and South Asia

    Establish a government-funded overseas study scholarship under the New Southbound Policy.

    Increase the number of participants under the Pilot Overseas Internships program to intern in the ASEAN region and South Asia.

    Organize international youth experience events.

    Subsidize Taiwanese youth volunteer groups serving in the targeted countries.

    Part Three:
    Platform

    Platform for Communication

    Establish a task force to plan and promote talent cultivation in accordance with the New Southbound Policy, and set up a working group dedicated to developing talent cultivation strategies pertaining to major countries in the ASEAN region and South Asia.

    Promote bilateral educational exchanges through the Taiwan Connection project and currently available resources in the targeted countries, including existing Taiwanese agencies, Taiwan education centers, alumni associations of Taiwanese universities, Taiwan Studies projects, as well as Taiwanese schools and business networks operating in Southeast Asian countries.

    Facilitate the forging of bilateral alliances between Taiwanese colleges and universities and higher educational institutions in nations of ASEAN and South Asia.

    Utilize the educational edge of popular science museums and institutions in Taiwan; engage in international science fairs or annual meetings of international organizations.

     Cultivate outstanding Taiwanese doctoral graduates qualified to teach at the college level and have them stationed in colleges and universities in the targeted countries on a long-term basis.

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