The 2023 Sarawak Taiwan Higher Education Fair organized by the Sarawak Taiwan Graduates' Association was held in Kuching, Bintulu, and Miri, three cities in Sarawak state, from June 17 to 24, 2023. A total of 13 higher institutions in Taiwan participated in the fair, including Hsuan Chuang University, Chang Jung Christian University, China University of Technology, Hungkuang University, Yuanpei University of Medical Technology, I-Shou University, Chinese Culture University, Kun Shan University, Nanhua University, Providence University, Dayeh University, National United University, and Chung Hua University.
The fair was to introduce Sarawak students to the latest information about study in Taiwan. Some universities also prepared a couple of interesting hands-on courses such as dessert making, coffee latte art, leather crafting, napkin folding, android games, and aromatherapy for students to experience.
Mr. Tan Kai, Chairman of Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) on behalf of the Deputy Premier of Sarawak Prof. Dato Sri Dr. Sim Kui Hian to give a speech on the opening ceremony of Education Fair. He praised the quality of Taiwan’s higher education and encouraged students to further study and then come back to their society after graduation to contribute their talents.
Mr. Siew Tick Chai, Chair of the Sarawak Taiwan Graduates' Association, stated that Taiwan has always been a popular study destination for Malaysian students for its excellent education system, conducive study environment, reasonable tuition, and living costs. With multi-channel admission systems of higher education in Taiwan, students with SPM and higher education levels can choose an educational path based on their abilities and inclinations. Students and their parents could obtain first-hand information about the courses, scholarships, financial aid, and career possibilities at the fair through direct interaction with the university representatives. He also suggested organizing an education fair in Sarawak annually to ensure more local secondary school graduates stay up-to-date with the information on study in Taiwan.
Ms. Charlin Chang, Director of TECO Education Division, encouraged Malaysian students to study in Taiwan. She mentioned that Taiwan emerged as the sixth most competitive economy in the IMD World Competitiveness Report 2023. One of the factors for Taiwan to enjoy sustainable economic growth and stay competitive internationally is its rich human resources, which are closely linked to the high quality of Taiwanese higher education. The universities and colleges in Taiwan provide diversified and globally recognized courses for international students to showcase their talents and skills.
Despite the pandemic, around 13000 Malaysian students still pursued their studies in Taiwan in 2022. Ms. Charlin expressed her appreciation for the alumni association's efforts to promote studying in Taiwan by organizing physical and virtual fairs in the mid of the hardship. She believed that the determination and hard work of the alumni associations would pay off in strengthening the partnership of both sides. Last but not least, she also encouraged Malaysian students to utilize the study resources in Taiwan and contribute to society in the future.
The fair attracted students, and teachers from different schools in Sarawak to obtain the newest information on Taiwan's higher education. The participants responded that the event was an enriching experience.