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JCA Leaders Explore Taiwan, an Emerging Gateway to International Education

Last December 17 to 24, 2017, Dr. Sally L. Coyukiat, Executive Directress, Mrs. Jocelyn K. Co, Elementary Chinese Coordinator, and Mrs. Michelee P. Te, Preschool and Junior and Senior High School Chinese Coordinator joined the delegation of the Association of Chinese-Filipino Schools in the Philippines who visited Taiwan through the invitation of the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC). The Taiwan visit was hosted by OCAC, a cabinet-level council of Taiwan, that aims to promote cultural, educational, economic, and informational exchange between Taiwan and overseas communities.

The council welcomed warmly the delegates and encouraged them to send their students to study in Taiwan. As a way to showcase Taiwan education during the visit, different universities, junior, and senior high schools opened their doors to the school official delegates to give them a glimpse of their academic programs, student activities offerings, student life and financial assistance programs for overseas students.

Among notable institutions visited were Fu Jen Catholic University, ranked top 100th in Asia; Chang Gung University, ranked world’s 255th and specializes in clinical medicine;  Ming Chuan University, an international university with English courses offerings; Trans World University, an international university  promoting foreign collaboration and exchange; Shih Chien University, a highly creative academic institution; Va Nung University; Ming Dao University; and Juang Jing Vocational High School.

The trip also gave the delegates an opportunity to be immersed in the Taiwan culture through visits to the Taiwan National Palace Southern Museum and Taichong National Opera Theater  as well as  industry visits to a pineapple cake factory and a textile show room.

Through this, the whole delegation of the Association of Chinese-Filipino Schools in the Philippines forged a stronger partnership with Taiwan and opened opportunities to expand the learning opportunities  of Chinese Filipino students.