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16,700 Malaysians studying in Taiwan, top in Asean

  • From left: National Cheng Kung University Alumni in Malaysia contact centre head Chen Han Tao, National Cheng Kung University Alumni in Malaysia president Chen Yu Zheng, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kuala Lumpur Michael S.Y. Yiin and The Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia president Lawrence Ting Siew Haw at the launch of the 36th National Cheng Kung University maths and science competition in Kuala Lumpur. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

KUALA LUMPUR (Sin Chew Daily) -- Malaysia ranks top among Asean countries with a total of 16,717 students studying in Taiwan as of 2018, says Michael S.Y. Yiin, the Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysian students are welcome to study in Taiwan, he said in his speech at the 36th National Cheng Kung University Maths and Science Competition organised by the alumni of National Cheng Kung University in Malaysia.

Yiin said Taiwan is actively promoting New Southbound Policy to deepen Malaysia-Taiwan bilateral ties in four major sectors - trade and economic collaboration, exchange of talents, sharing of resources and regional linkages.

In the past one year, Taiwan and Malaysia delivered impressive results in trade, investment, education and tourism according to Yiin.

The National Cheng Kung University is famous in the international arena in academics, teaching and research, he said. The maths competition would help to upgrade the standard of science and maths in Malaysia and promote educational exchanges between Taiwan and Malaysia.

Lawrence Ting Siew Haw, president of The Federation of Alumni Association of Taiwan Universities, Malaysia said the National Cheng Kung University maths and science competition is a reputable competition in Malaysia held for the past 36 years. A total of 41 Chinese independent secondary schools, five national secondary schools and a private school took part in the competition this year. The competition is also a platform to verify the standard of Chinese independent school students in maths and science.

Chen Yu Zheng, the president of National Cheng Kung University Alumni in Malaysia said students who are ranked from the first to 75th are offered discounts in tuition and accommodation fees for first year of study in the university. The top 50 students are also offered living allowance.

She said the university also offers study loan to students who are from pool family background. The study loan is RM8,000 (US$1,909) per year.

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