Radio Taiwan International
Taiwan has sent about 70% more Chinese language teachers to Southeast Asian countries year-on-year year, as per the government’s New Southbound policy.
The policy is the Tsai administration’s latest effort to promote economic and cultural exchanges with Southeast Asian countries. The initiative also covers South Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.
Deputy education minister Chang Chin-shu said Thursday that the total number of Chinese language teachers that went to Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and India has gone from 53 to 90. These nations also saw an increase in the number of Chinese teachers who teach in elementary and middle schools. In the past, teachers have only taught at university level.
The education ministry said the number of teachers that went to teach in Europe and the Americas also increased significantly in 2016. [FULL STORY]