The Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre (TECC) in India organised an orientation programme for the Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship awardees, in Delhi on July 15. Eight students have won the Taiwan Scholarship, five for PhD and three for Master's, in civil engineering, Asia-Pacific studies, mechanical engineering, international communication studies, science and technology, management, energy and optoelectronic material science, and electrical engineering. Twelve bagged the Huayu Enrichment Scholarships for six-month advanced courses in Mandarin.
The maximum period of each scholarship is two years for Master's and four years for doctorate programmes. The maximum duration of the awards for each recipient undertaking a combination of studies is five years.
The Taiwan scholarship comprises tuition and a subsistence allowance. As regards the tuition part, it awards each scholar up to 40,000 new Taiwan dollars (approximately US$1,330.00) per semester. Tuition and academic fees do not include administration fees, thesis advising fees, insurance premiums, accommodation, and internet access. As for the subsistence allowance, the education ministry offers a monthly stipend of NTD15,000 (approximately US$500) to each undergraduate awardee; and NTD20,000 (approximately US$660) to each postgraduate recipient.
The Taiwan embassy (TECC in India), on behalf of the Ministry of Education of the Taiwan government, announces the scholarship guidelines every January, select the candidates by reviewing application and through interviews. It declares the results at the end of May.
"It is an official policy of the Taiwan government to increase the size of the foreign student body, India being one of the priority countries," says Tien Chung Kwang, ambassador, who heads TECC in India.
The Foundation for International Co-operation in Higher Education of Taiwan (FICHET) and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2010. The scholarship comprises tuition and a subsistence allowance.