ICDF schol­ar­ships set to aid 201 for­eign stu­dents

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

A to­tal of 201 for­eign stu­dents have been granted gov­ern­ment­funded schol­ar­ships this year, which will al­low them to study in higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes in Tai­wan, the Tai­wan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment Fund (ICDF, ) an­nounced yesterday.

Speak­ing dur­ing a reg­u­lar news brief­ing, We­ber Shih (

), sec­re­tary gen­eral of the ICDF, said that the an­nual pro­gram of­fers full schol­ar­ships to stu­dents from Tai­wan’s diplo­matic al­lies and friendly na­tions to study in un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and Ph.D. pro­grams at lo­cal high­er­learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

Fol­low­ing months of re­views, the ICDF and part­ner col­leges have de­cided to grant schol­ar­ships to 201 stu­dents to study at 21 lo­cal univer­si­ties in 33 dif­fer­ent pro­grams this year.

Shih said the pro­gram plays a vi­tal role in as­sist­ing these for­eign stu­dents to bet­ter un­der­stand Tai­wanese cul­ture.

The pro­ject also helps Tai­wanese stu­dents ex­plore their world­view by study­ing to­gether with these in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, he noted.

Many of those who pre­vi­ously re­ceived the ICDF schol­ar­ship re­turned to their home coun­tries to put the knowl­edge and skills learned in Tai­wan into prac­ti­cal use to help their coun­tries.

The pro­gram, in­tro­duced in 1998, was first launched to train pro­fes­sion­als in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try. This was later ex­panded to in­clude other re­search fields to di­ver­sify the over­all schol­ar­ship pro­gram.

As of the end of 2014, the ICDF schol­ar­ship pro­gram had ben­e­fited a to­tal of 1,335 for­eign stu­dents.

Cur­rently, 488 stu­dents from 36 coun­tries are now study­ing in Tai­wan un­der the pro­ject.

For a full list of this year’s schol­ar­ship win­ners, check the fol­low­ing web­site at http://www. icdf.org.tw/ct.asp?xItem=31306& ctNode=29876&mp=2

The ICDF will send ac­cep­tance letters to schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents through the R. O. C. ( Tai­wan) Em­bassy/Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fices. Those who are on the list should ap­proach the Tai­wan Em­bassy/ Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice for more in­for­ma­tion.

The ICDF is a semiof­fi­cial For­eign Min­istry-funded non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion re­spon­si­ble for in­ter­na­tional aid.

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