Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Le Hai Hanh Tien/ Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Nationality : Vietnam
Major : Medical imaging and Radiological Science

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I started the master program of Medical Imaging and Radiological Science in Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology in 2015. At that time I was 23 years old and all working experience I had was 8 months working at a medical university in Vietnam. Now I am in 2nd year of master program.

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1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

When I was a bachelor student, I was lucky to attend an international competition which held in Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology (CTUST) and is immediately impressed by friendly and professional study environment there. Since then, I nourished the dream to continue master program in Taiwan in general, and in CTUST in particular.

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

My major is Medical Imaging and Radiological Science. The master program mostly includes statistics subject and some specific subjects for guiding student to do research. In the 1st year, I tried to join and collect credits as well as basic knowledge than in the 2nd year I spend my whole time in my research and study by myself. To be honest, the master program brings me to the research world where I immerse in the sea of scientific terms, phantom design and innovative medical imaging technologies. I feel like a door is opened in front of me and now it is time for me to discover and connect with the world.

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)

There are many differences when comparing study program in Taiwan and in my home country.
Firstly, my major is a new field in Vietnam that just developed for around 15 years so the curriculum, teaching staff and equipment are not as good as in Taiwan, especially in CTUST because CTUST is one of the leading universities in Taiwan about Radiology which has great history of building up the teaching program and facilities as well as laboratory system.
Secondly, the environment of both is not very different than all teacher and friend are friendly and helpful. Being an international student, I do not have the pressure of finding job after graduation in Taiwan, however, the pressure of graduating on time stresses me due to the term of scholarship which contributed to the motivation of study.

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

In my opinion, the most difficult part is showing my power to tighten the relationship between Taiwan and Vietnam, how can I contribute to my school in Taiwan and also how can I assist my home country after graduation. As a teacher in a medical university in Vietnam who was supported to apply for master degree in Taiwan, I can create some cooperations between schools in two countries and contribute to develop the education in Vietnam following what I have learned in Taiwan.

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

After I finish my study, surely I will back to my job in home country and try to develop the field of Radiology in my school. 
Taiwan is a great country to stay and work, however, I wanna continue my dream of giving a hand to build up the research field in Vietnam.

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

Since the research field of Radiology is newborn in Vietnam, so learning in Taiwan is very beneficial to my knowledge which will help me a lot in my teaching career. In addition, studying here bring me lots of relationship with many experts who are my teachers. They are willing to support me in develope the department in Vietnam.

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

Obviously, studying abroad is a big challenge for me that I have to try best to adapt the environment and to handle study mostly by myself. When I look back, I see I have gotten more than expected both in life and study. My mind is opened and I have a lot of relationships, I have more friends and I can work and study more professionally.

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

The key factor I wanna advise is that they should prepare Chinese which will help them to adopt life here and also help them to study better as the  Chinese study resource in schools here is giant apart from English. Another thing is doing a survey of the school they wanna apply. I think every candidate should know as much information as possible, then they can imagine how their life will be so that they can prepare more for their study life in Taiwan.