Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

Read about the perception of students from soutbound countries to share the insight of studying in Taiwan.

Kam Hoe Kei/ Taipei National University of the Arts

Nationality : Malaysia
Major : Filmmaking

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I’m Hoe Kei from Malaysia. I’m 23 this year. Currently, a Year 2 student studying filmmaking in TNUA. Back in 2014, I graduated from Sunway University (Malaysia) with Diploma in Performing Arts.

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1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

Taiwan has an impressive international reputation, especially in the aspects of arts. Foreign students in Taiwan are able to develop their potential while enjoying a full social life. Studying in the Taiwan will also help me in developing excellent language skills. Mandarin is of crucial importance in today’s global business arena. Although I can speak and write Mandarin since I
was young, but I have to master it in order to pursue my dreams in my future.

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

Currently, I’m studying filmmaking in TNUA, majoring in acting. Hence, I enjoy a lot in the classes that are related to performing arts (such as martial arts, improvisation, voice acting and musical training).

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)

In 2014, I’ve graduated with Diploma in Performing Arts in Malaysia. I noticed quite differences. For example, the professors here have more on-hand experience in the industry and they are very kind in sharing information with the students. Our classroom is a medium-sized cinema. It suits us because whenever we need to play films in class, we can view them in a bigger, clearer screen.

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

I found that the most difficult part is certifying all the required documents. Trust me, the procedure is complicated and time-wasting. Therefore, you need to do your research in advance and don’t hesitate to ask for help. Don’t be shy! You can even call and ask for help from the university.

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

I would like to stay and find a job in Taiwan after finishing my study because compared to Malaysia, there are more opportunities here. In Taiwan, entertainment agencies welcome newcomers into the industry. They appreciate the newcomers’ works and willing to provide suggestions and training to them. And that definitely will benefit my future career.

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

In the entertainment industry, building connections are very important. In my 4 years study life in Taiwan, I’m sure I will meet people who help in my future career. Sometimes, the teachers and classmates will introduce me to go for casting calls. Without their help. I will not be able to know all these information.

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

Other than meeting new people and building connection, I’ve learned a lot about the culture and the people in Taiwan and that excites me! It will be an unforgettable experience in my life.

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

Make sure you do a full and complete research on the universities and courses. I’ve met people who regretted in their decisions, saying that it seems to deviate from what they are looking for. And they ended up quitting studies and went back to their home country.