The third European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) will be held from tomorrow to Sunday (Nov. 13-14) at the Living Mall, Taipei, to promote higher education in Europe.
There will be more than 50 institutions from eight countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary and the United Kingdom, participating in the EHEF this year, hoping to attract students from Taiwan and to introduce the rich educational resources to be found in Europe
Although the United States remains the first choice for Taiwanese students when considering studying aboard, increasing numbers are studying in Europe, attracted by its multicultural environment and long history.
European countries also hope to build up stronger bonds with Taiwan.
Many European countries try to create a barrier-free study environment for Taiwanese and other international students.
For example, many colleges in Germany provide bilingual international courses for foreign students, said the representative of EHEF organizing committee, Dr. Stefan Rummel.
The professors in such programs teach in both English and their native language to avoid foreign students experiencing language difficulties.
Similar programs are available in France, the Netherlands and a number of other European countries.
To attract more international students, many European colleges develop an English study environment and provide scholarships. France, for example, offers international courses in English only for higher education.
Ariel Lin, education officer of Netherland Trade and Investment Office, said that there are at least 11 specific scholarships for Taiwanese students who want to study in Holland.
More information is available at the Web site http://www.ehef.org.tw.