Nguyen Bich Ngoc/ Yuan Ze University

From : Vietnam
Major : Master of Business Administration in Leadership


My name is Ngoc, a Vietnamese MBA student in Taiwan. You can call me Jade. Before enrolling in Yuan Ze University in February 2017, I was looking for my true vocation while I was working for multinational corporations in my home country. I always tried my best and put efforts to get the jobs done, that’s why I got promoted every year at work. However, I felt that life in a professional environment was not a destiny for me. Therefore, I decided to lean in the educational field. Another chapter full of challenges, but it will be fruitful because I like to follow this new journey.
About me, I love reading, doing yoga, and learning foreign languages. I have the desire to become a researcher in the future. I focus on the topics, such as psychology, human beings, and educational leadership. I am thankful for all the chances that I have in my life to live, to work, and to enjoy the world.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

I first came to Taiwan in 2012. It was my first time to travel abroad. I fell in love with this country at first sight. I was amazed because of Taiwanese people, culture, agriculture, and environment. After that trip, I saved money and traveled in Taiwan at least once a year until 2017 when I decided to pursue a Master’s degree taught in English in Taiwan so that I can fully live in Taiwan for two years. Besides, I have opportunities to learn and improve my Mandarin on a daily basis. Mandarin and Vietnamese have common in tones, vocabularies, and grammar thus, the writing part is difficult but I find oral communication is quite easy for Vietnamese people. Taiwanese people are friendly and keen on helping me speak Mandarin when they know I am a foreigner.

2.  Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?

I am studying Master of Business Administration in Leadership at Yuan Ze University. The MBA program is fully taught in English and consists four major programs: Business Management, Leadership, International Business, and Marketing. In order to meet the challenges of a quickly changing world, the MBA program at my school equips students with fundamental theories and practices. I major in Leadership which is a young discipline established in 2007. In Leadership, I learn how to integrate and apply cross-cultural knowledge through various teamwork activities and courses in organization management, human resource management, and leadership competency development. My professors and friends always encourage me to deepen knowledge and skills, there must be no boundaries to limit my ability. I never hesitate to demonstrate my desire in learning. I thank the professors and fellows since they support me to enjoy my studies here.

3. How is studying in Taiwan when compared to studying and being a student in your home country? (Teaching Quality、Environment、School Equipment、Laboratory or others)

Compared to Vietnam, Taiwan is a much more developed country. In my school, all the professors hold a Ph.D. degree from top schools and they still continue to dedicate themselves in research field beside the teaching tasks. My school provides full equipment and laboratories for students to study and do research. On campus, anywhere can be a good place to study or to discuss with friends because of its green and clean environment. I like the library most. I have access to a big data for academic papers as well as datasets that I did not have in Vietnam. Other than that, the school has a lot of spaces for you to do exercises and everyone pays attention to stay healthy which did not usually come to students’ notices in Vietnam. In addition, I have a lot of chances to join any clubs such as dancing, singing, volunteering,… in my school. Thus, being a student in my school is very interesting and dynamic.

4.  What has been the most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome the difficulty?

First of all, information about studying in Taiwan. When I searched for the information to study a Master’s degree in English in Taiwan, there were not many sources. Later, I found out which is very helpful to provide a general information about schools and programs. I then based on the filter results and visited school portals to get details about how to apply.
Second, language barriers. Most of the information is in Mandarin and the translation might not be correct. But I find google translate help most of the time. And asking local friends to support is always a good decision. I feel so thankful because Taiwanese people are kind and patient in helping not only me but also other foreigners. I recommend my friends to travel in Taiwan though they do not speak Mandarin, and all of them are impressed by the kindness of the Taiwanese.
Third, food. Eating in local restaurants sometimes makes me homesick because of the taste difference. But I have to say that food in Taiwan is fresh and safe, so I decide to cook by myself. I enjoy going to the local market and talking to the locals. I can eat fruits directly without washing which impresses me the most.

5.  What do you plan to do after you have finish your studies in Taiwan? Would you like to stay in Taiwan?  Why? 

I plan to return my home country upon the completion of my studies in Taiwan. Living in Taiwan is much more convenient and if I work here, I can have higher income. However, I intend to become a professor in Vietnam, then can contribute to the research field between two countries. I would be very happy to be in alumni who graduate from Taiwan and share my experiences with the other Vietnamese people.

6.  How do you think studying in Taiwan can benefit you in your future career?

Studying in Taiwan surely benefit me in my future career. I will get an international diploma, learn one more language which is becoming popular in the world, and expand my network. Many Taiwanese people are coming to invest in Vietnam. And obtaining a diploma in Taiwan is an advantage for me to seek a new job in the labor market. I also consider contributing to boosting the knowledge exchange among schools between Taiwan and Vietnam, especially in research field and resources.

7.  What do you see as your key achievements when studying in Taiwan?

Think about the community and environment before action.
Can-do attitude.
Learn from everyone you meet in your life.
Collaborate with people from different background.

8. What advice do you have for other interested overseas students who want to come to Taiwan to study?

You can get it if you really want but you must work hard. Do not hesitate to study in Taiwan. I am happy with my decision to pursue my Master’s degree here. Taiwan is a hospitality country where you will have opportunities to expand your horizon.


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