The Taiwanese government is set to establish ten overseas bases, with the Philippines being the primary location, as part of its study and work program to boost the region’s workforce.

The Ministry of Education plans to invest 5.2 billion New Taiwan dollars (P9.3 million) from 2024 to 2028 to promote international student enrollment and stay in Taiwan

Dr. Lee Tien-Shang, President of Kun-Shan University (KSU), announced the plans to establish overseas bases in Manila, Cebu, and Iloilo, among other locations.

The bases will serve as platforms for academic and industry-academia exchange and collaboration between Taiwan and the Philippines.

Each location will promote high-quality Mandarin, cultural experiences, and preparatory courses, with the aim of deepening the international educational exchange and cooperation between universities in both countries.

KSU will establish new specialized programs, including dual-degree programs, bachelor programs, post-bachelor programs, and master’s and doctoral programs, with a priority focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), finance, and semiconductor-related fields.

Students will receive industry-academia scholarships funded by Taiwan’s National Development Fund for up to two years and living and onternship allowances provided by companies.

After graduation, students will be required to work in Taiwan for at least two years to meet the talent needs of the industry.

A KSU delegation is also set to visit Rizal Technological University (RTU) on or before the end of September to discuss the details of establishing an official recruitment headquarters in the Philippines.