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Taiwan Embassy to host scholarship orientation for 48 Belizean students

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Posted: Monday, July 20, 2020. 10:20 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The Embassy of Taiwan will host a scholarship orientation on Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Belize Biltmore Plaza.

The orientation is for the 48 Belizean students that were awarded scholarships by Taiwan’s International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Thirty-three students received Taiwan’s ICDF scholarships and 15 received from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

This year marks the highest number of Belizean scholarship recipients since the Government of Taiwan began offering scholarships in 2002.

“The Embassy is proud of this achievement by providing more opportunities for Belizeans to further their studies in Taiwan. In order to highlight this special occasion, several VIP guests from the Government of Belize will be attending, including His Excellency Sir Colville N. Young, Governor-General, Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education and Leader-Elect of UDP, and Hon. Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs,” a statement from the Taiwan Embassy said.

Among the 33 Taiwan ICDF Scholarship recipients, 4 students have been accepted by the School of Medicine for International Students at the I-Shou University (ISU) to pursue a four-year M.D. program (taught in English for Bachelor’s Degree).

The other 29 recipients will attend their English-taught undergraduate, graduate or Ph.D. programs.

Among the 15 Taiwan MOFA Scholarship recipients, 13 students will study Mandarin Chinese in a language Center before their degree programs, and 2 students will attend an English-taught bachelor program of their choice.

Both scholarship programs provide each scholarship recipient a round trip economy class ticket, accommodations, tuition fees, credit fees, insurance, textbook costs, and a monthly allowance from US$400 to US$950, depending on the subject and degree pursued.

In addition, a free mandarin introductory course for 1 week (total 10 hours) will be offered  in early-August to the scholarship recipients before departing Belize by Edward Yang, Mandarin Lecturer at the University of Belize, to prepare these students for a smooth transition to their new lives in Taiwan.

Around 411 Belizeans have been offered the scholarships to study in Taiwan to date. Graduates return to Belize and contribute to their country by serving in government and public institutions such as hospitals and schools, as well as in the private sector.

Currently there are over 100 Belizean students pursuing their degree programs in Taiwan in various fields such as public health, agriculture, business administration, engineering, communications and information technology.

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