| James Kon |
AFFORDABLE tuition has been attributed as one of the main reasons that seven local Chinese students are flying to Taiwan to pursue their studies in the 34th Taiwan Vocational Diploma programme for overseas students next month.
Thanks to the Brunei Darussalam-Taiwan Graduates Association, this is the second time that Chinese students from Brunei Darussalam will join the two-year programme that hopes to provide individuals with the skills needed to earn a living in the future.
The students are Karen Tan Yee Mang, Ngu Wei Ping, Liow Chin Huey, Lim Shia Yung, Wong Fei Wen, Ng Ee Boon and Pang ze Yuan.
The students attended a briefing yesterday at the Millenium Restaurant regarding their studies in Taiwan.
Liow Chin Huey, Ng Ee Boon and Pang Ze Yuan, all agreed in an interview that choosing Taiwan as a destination to further their studies was as a result of cost, saying, “It’s a very affordable two-year course. Through vocational studies, we wanted to pursue new careers for our interest.”
Meanwhile, Chairwoman of the Brunei Darussalam-Taiwan Graduates Association, Ang Bee Kui, said, “We are very happy that this year there are seven students joining the programme.
“This is a very good opportunity for Brunei’s students to benefit from the programme. In Malaysia, there are thousands of applicants but only around 1,800 were selected.”
With subsidies provided by the Taiwanese government, Ang said, “The diploma programme’s tuition fee is very affordable for two years of studies.”
She expressed her hope that more people will take advantage of the programme next year.
A representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Brunei Darussalam, Albert Huang, congratulated the association for their contribution in helping Bruneian students join the programme, where he recalled that the programme was set up in 1963 and has since helped thousands of people to build on vocational skills as a means of securing their livelihoods.
He also hopes that more youth In Brunei will make use of further studies opportunities in Taiwan.