Date: December 30, 2015
An increasing number of international students are mulling staying in Taiwan
after finishing their studies, with 84 percent eyeing opportunities to join the local workforce, according to a survey released Dec. 28 by the Ministry of Education.
The study found 86.87 percent of ethnic Chinese students are interested in exploring employment possibilities in Taiwan following graduation. They are followed by foreign national students, at 83.89 percent, and students at Mandarin-language learning centers, at 82.45 percent.
Li Yu-mei, an official with the MOE’s Department of International and Cross-strait Education, said the trend is getting a significant boost from the launch of a revamped points-based work permit application system to assess foreign students wishing to find jobs in the nation.
“Regulations on the hiring and retaining of foreign professionals will be eased from January,” Li said. “Students who score more than 60 points in an evaluation of their educational background, language proficiency and professional capabilities will qualify for a work permit under the new regulations.” [FULL STORY]