By: Ko Lin, CNA staff writer
From prayer rooms that cater to Muslims to the diversity of food available at school
cafeterias, university campuses in Taiwan have in recent years been stepping up efforts to accommodate the increasing number of Southeast Asian students pursuing higher education in the country.
The enrollment of students from Southeast Asian countries and India in colleges and universities in Taiwan has tripled over the last decade, said Bi Tzu-an (畢祖安), who heads the Ministry of Education’s Department of International and Cross-strait Education Affairs.
Just 10 years ago, Indian and Southeast Asian students who took up university and post-graduate studies in Taiwan stood at roughly 8,000, according to the education ministry.
In 2016, students from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries taking up tertiary education in Taiwan accounted for 28,000, a figure that had risen to 38,000 the following year, ministry statistics show. [FULL STORY]