Hundreds of students from dozens of countries who have been studying in Taiwan on government scholarships hugged and said goodbye to one another at a graduation party in Taipei yesterday.
The 250 students who come from a combined 71 nations, were participating in the Taiwan Scholarship Program which was set up to attract foreign talent and boost ties with other countries. It has funded more than 10,000 foreign students since it was established in 2004.
Party organizers at Shih Hsin University in Taipei said they hoped the event would reduce the sorrow of parting for the international group of students, and encourage them to move on to the next stage of their lives with enthusiasm and joy.
Boyko Diana from Russia, an information and communications graduate, said her best memories of Taiwan were its weather and the rich variety of fruit.
Diana expressed thanks to Taiwan for her scholarship which she said provided an opportunity to learn about the beauty of the island nation.
The organizers said many of the students funded by Taiwan have remained in the country and have made names for themselves in a variety of local sectors.
Turkish national Ugur Rifat Karlova, who received a master’s degree in political science from Taipei’s National Taiwan Normal University, is now a popular travel program host in Taiwan, they said.