Tech scholarships to keep nation competitive: Chen

FOUR YEARS: The grants for 300 doctoral students should help ease their financial burden and encourage them to produce quality research, Chen Liang-gee said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 01, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

To sharpen the nation’s technological competitiveness by helping doctoral students focus

Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee holds up a placard at a news conference in Taipei yesterday as he explains the government’s trial four-year scholarship program for doctoral students.
Photo: Chien Hui-ju, Taipei Times

on their research, the government will from September offer a four-year scholarship to 300 candidates, who are to receive at least NT$40,000 (US$1,265) per month, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) told a news conference in Taipei yesterday.

Since taking office in February 2017, Chen has repeatedly said that the nation could lose its technological edge because of the decline in the number of students enrolling in technological programs.

To ease the financial burden of doctoral students and encourage them to produce more quality research, Chen said he first broached the subject of a scholarship program at a meeting with university principals in January and has garnered support from Minister of Education Pan Wen-chung (潘文忠).

Universities can file applications with the ministry to nominate outstanding doctoral students — including foreigners — for the scholarship, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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