Fri, Nov 09, 2012 - Page 3 News List

Annual European Education Fair set to open in Taipei

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

The annual European Education Fair Taiwan will take place this weekend in Taipei before it moves south to Greater Kaohsiung on Monday, with staff available on site to help visitors with information on courses and scholarships provided by more than 100 colleges and universities, along with career opportunities.

The EU has long been an attractive destination to study abroad, not only for young people, but also for adults who aspire to pursue their dreams and gain knowledge, EU representative to Taiwan Frederic Laplanche told a press conference yesterday.

Laplanche said that tertiary education institutions in the EU have a long-standing reputation for academic excellence, tuition fees and living expenses there are reasonable compared with the US and there are many scholarships available for overseas students.

The fair has been held annually each autumn for more than 10 years and is the largest of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) said.

More than 100 education institutions from 13 European countries — Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the UK — are participating this year, the EETO said.

The European Chamber of Commerce and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry also participate in the fair to provide prospective students and returning alumni a wider perspective on their career development, the EETO said.

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