11% of Taiwanese have studied/worked overseas: survey

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Taipei, July 8 (CNA) Nearly 11 percent of Taiwanese have studied or worked overseas in pursuit of a better education or professional development, according to the results of a survey released by the Grassroots Influence Foundation on Monday.

The survey, conducted from May 25 to June 8, collected 1,213 valid samples and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Some 10.57 percent of the respondents said they have studied or worked abroad, mainly in the United States, Canada and China, the survey found.

Of those who had studied overseas, 26.04 percent were motivated by a desire to expand their international horizons, and 24.16 percent wanted a quality education.

The majority of those who studied abroad were high school or college students, and just over half (50.53 percent) were skeptical of the quality of education and job opportunities available to them in Taiwan, according to the survey.

Of those who chose to work in other countries, 25.13 percent also said they did so to broaden their international horizons, while 24.67 percent felt there was more opportunity outside of Taiwan, the survey found.

At the same time, 44.73 percent who secured a job abroad were of the opinion that Taiwan's employment market is not favorable for Taiwanese youth.

Most of the people hopeful of finding a job overseas usually went to the United States, Canada or China, with those aged between 18-30 and 31-40 making up the lion's share of those working abroad, according to the survey.

As to how to keep Taiwan's youth in Taiwan to complete their studies, 24.9 percent felt schools should offer courses catering to the needs of the country's job market, and 24.37 percent said the government should inject more resources into education.

To solve the problem of the professional brain drain that has hit Taiwan, 26.5 percent suggested the government provide more channels for matching people to jobs and greater access to funds to start businesses, the survey found.

Some 22.89 percent thought Taiwanese companies needed to upgrade their operations to create more job opportunities, while 21.89 percent believed local enterprises needed to increase their employees' wages, according to the survey.

(By Flor Wang and Phoenix Hsu)
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