Taiwanese graduate students can earn much higher salaries working as research assistants at a university in Qatar than in Taiwan, with the monthly wage for researchers in the Arab state ranging from US$2,000 to US$3,750, a university executive in Taipei said.
Tatung University vice president Her Ming-guo (何明果) said that over the years, Tatung has been sending its graduate students to a university in Qatar, which hires the students to help with research programs.
The Qatari university offers a salary of US$2,000 per month to research assistants who are candidates or holders of a master’s degree, and US$3,750 for doctoral candidates or graduates, he said.
In contrast, the monthly salary of a research assistant working in Taiwan on school projects ranges from NT$35,000 (US$1,200) to NT$55,000, depending on the assistant’s academic background, job bank data show. The minimum wage in Taiwan is NT$18,780 per month.
Yang Chun-lin (楊淳麟), who holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tatung University, was the first student sent by the university to Qatar.
He said he was impressed by the wealth and welfare of people in the oil-producing country.
Yang said that while commodity prices in Qatar were two times higher than in Taiwan, the average salary was six to seven times higher than in Taiwan.
The basic wage for a university graduate with a bachelor’s degree in the oil business can be as high as NT$100,000 per month, he said.