Taipei offers scholarships to Indian, Malaysian postgrad students

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Taipei offers scholarships to Indian, Malaysian postgrad students

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Taipei City government has teamed up with local universities and businesses to offer an NT$116,000 (US$3,959) annual scholarship to Indian and Malaysian master's and PhD students studying information communications technology (ICT) or engineering.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, officials from the Planning Division of Taipei's Department of Education (DOE) said they have already begun recruiting applicants for the 20 grants on offer for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The program will expand to provide 200 scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year, with recruitment starting in September 2018, the officials continued.

According to the rules outlined by the DOE, master's students are eligible for a two-year scholarship and doctoral students for four years. Meanwhile, those doing a master's and then a doctoral program will qualify for five years of scholarship payments.

All successful applicants who accept the funding, which breaks down into NT$80,000 for tuition fees and NT$36,000 for room and board, are required to work in Taiwan for at least two years following completion of the program, the DOE noted.

Those who fail to do so will be asked to repay the scholarship in full, officials said.

The Planning Division said that although the current program targets ICT talent in India and Malaysia, other countries such as Turkey have expressed an interest in participating.

As such, there are plans to expand the number of scholarship places to 240 per year in the future to enable students from more countries to apply.

Taipei City government has teamed up with some of the leading domestic companies in the field, including AsusTek Computer Inc. and HTC Corp., to provide scholarship recipients with internship and career opportunities.

(By Chen Yen-chun and Kuan-lin Liu)

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