The Indonesia Taiwan Education Center in Surabaya (TECSID) and University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) held “2018 Taiwan Educational Showcase” in UMM BAU Hall. Students were offered scholarships in six famous universities in Taiwan, which are Asia University, China Medical University, Fujen Catholic University, National Formosa University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, and Vanung University. They offered scholarships in Mandarin and English for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral and also offered other international programs. Besides, Taipei Economy and Trade Office (TETO) of Surabaya gave an explanation about visa in Taiwan.
Assistant rector for Cooeration UMM, Soeparto, conveyed that this event was held to increase the interest of students to continue their studies abroad especially in Taiwan. Soeparto said, “It is expected that the students will experience international environment and study abroad. Besides, this is to strengthen the cooperation between UMM and The Indonesia Taiwan Education Center in Surabaya”.
Lissari Albar, one of the visitors who is taking Master of Education Development Policies in a private university said that she is interested in Taiwan education because the technology is outstanding. She said, “I am interested in studying in Taiwan because it is a developed country and the technology is outstanding”.
Pambudi, a student of Food Science department UMM was also interested in studying in Taiwan because the opportunities are bigger than in Europe. Besides, Taiwan is Chinese-speaking country and Mandarin is spoken in worldwide nowadays. Pambudi said, “I got information that studying in Europe needs difficult requirements while on the other hand, Taiwan does not”.
Meanwhile, Nava Almaulidiah, a student of International Relations who went to Taiwan for once. Nava said that Taiwan education system is good. She wanted to take master degree in Chinese Language in Taiwan. She said, “I wanna take Chinese Language because language is important for International Relations student like me”. She has no problem dealing with both culture and language. “There must be a culture shock for sure. We have to be ready mentally to get involved in activities and socialize with people there”. (lus)