Three more European nations would be added to the Taiwan-Europe Connectivity Scholarship program for the next school year, increasing the number from 26 to 29, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.
The quota for the scholarship program was never completely filled in the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of European Affairs Director Vincent Yao (姚金祥) told a news conference at the ministry in Taipei.
As such, the ministry would open 700 slots to students from 29 European countries next year, adding Iceland, Croatia and Norway to the 26 European countries whose students were eligible for the program in the past two years.
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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Vatican and the UK are also in the program, Yao said, adding that most opportunities for scholarships would go to the UK, France and Germany.
Many slots would also be reserved for students from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Lithuania, he said.
The program was established to encourage collaboration between universities in Taiwan and Europe to attract European students to apply for exchange programs in Taiwan.
Eligibility for the program is not limited to a student’s area of study or degree status, the ministry said.
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