Internship rules relaxed for returnees

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Nov 14, 2012 - Page 4

The Ministry of Education yesterday said it had relaxed regulations on internships for overseas Chinese students after they graduate from a Taiwanese university or a master’s program in a bid to retain talent.

Overseas Chinese students who complete master’s programs in Taiwan will be eligible to apply for internships without having to fulfill any minimum academic performance requirements, according to the amendment.

Postgraduate students were formerly required to have an average score of at least 85 or finish in the top 20 percent of their class.

In addition, university students whose graduations were delayed because they lacked the required number of credits and those returning to school after a leave of absence can still apply for internships as long as they achieve a final grade of at least 70, the ministry said.

About 2,000 overseas Chinese students graduate from Taiwanese universities every year, but barely 30 of them get internships because of the stringent requirements.

The regulations also pose an obstacle for local companies hoping to keep talented graduates in Taiwan, officials from the Overseas Compatriot Educational Committee said.