Taiwan seeks to woo students with fair in Los Angeles

Staff writer, with CNA, LOS ANGELES

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 - Page 3

Taiwan held a higher education fair in Los Angeles on Saturday, the first time it has tried to draw students from the US’ highly competitive educational environment.

The fair, held at the Culture Center of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, was primarily aimed at attracting Taiwanese expatriates in the US.

Minister of Education Chiang Wei-ling (蔣偉寧) attended the event, which he said represented Taiwan’s transition from an exporter of students to foreign countries to an importer of foreign students, adding that he believed Taiwan has plenty to offer.

The quality of higher education in Taiwan can be seen by the outstanding world rankings of many of its universities, Chiang said, adding that tuition is relatively low compared to that in the US.

A student can get a degree in Taiwan for the cost of one semester’s tuition in the US, he said.

The fair was attended by hundreds of potential students who sought information from the 15 Taiwanese universities and colleges participating.

Lo Hsiu-chen (羅秀貞), a mother of three, said at the fair that her children went to elementary, junior high and high school in the US and felt it would be an advantage for them to attend college or university in Taiwan to enhance their Mandarin skills.

The Ministry of Education said it may hold higher education fairs in New York and Chicago if the one in Los Angeles turns out to be successful.