Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Redwan Halim/ National Chengchi University

Nationality : Australia
Major : International Masters of Business Administration (IMBA)


Hi there,
I’m Redwan, a mid-20s guy from Australia who has been living in Taiwan for the past three years. I’ve been studying my IMBA at National Chengchi University whilst working full time here in Taipei.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

I wanted a challenge of living and studying in a country that was totally different to that of my home country of Australia. I felt as if life in Australia was a little placid and I found Taiwan to be a safe, interesting and unique environment to pursue further studies.

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

The IMBA program comprises of core subjects in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Management and Information Systems. There are a lot of electives towards the end of the degree which can be chosen based on interests. My undergraduate major were Accounting and Marketing, so I am broadening my horizons more with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Management in Asia for my IMBA majors. I have enjoyed the case study-based approach to learning and well as the practical group work that we do so often. The style of learning is very application based rather than theoretical which I have come to enjoy a lot.

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)

Australian education is also world-class and a very big hot spot for students from around the world. The quality has been comparable in Taiwan. I’ve found professors here in Taiwan to be even more approachable, friendly and willing to help. The school facilities are great with modern equipment and seminar rooms. The environment is also excellent with my university situated not far from central Taipei but in a peaceful area.

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

I found it difficult in preparing all the documents and getting the relevant authentication. I was already living in Taiwan working full time when I decided to pursue post-graduate studies here. I had to make a trip back to Australia specifically for getting all my documents and then authenticating them at the local Taiwan embassy in my home city of Melbourne.

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

I am working here in Taiwan as an Accountant for a global customer experience agency. At this stage, I plan to stay and continue working in my current role as I’m well settled here and am enjoying living abroad. I love the challenge of being outside of my comfort zone and strive to push myself hence going back home to Australia at this moment does not really appeal to me.

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

I think it’s a great showing to employers that you can have the audacity and ambition to move to a foreign country and further your studies. The adaptability is not something everyone can say they have achieved. Exposing oneself to new cultures, languages and people in a foreign land is a great look to any prospective employer. I myself have interviewed prospective candidates for roles that have opened up in my company, and I’ve always viewed studying abroad as a positive characteristic in individuals.

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

A key achievement for me is holding down a demanding full-time job and still managing to study full-time. I sometimes work long hours given the nature of the work Accountants perform hence juggling that with an active social life and also student life has been very satisfying and fulfilling for me.

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

think it’s a great place to pursue further studies and expand your horizons. Many people often fall in love with Taiwan and really speak fondly of their experiences. I myself never expected to be here for so long but I continue to enjoy everyday and am more than happy to see students with ambition and drive come to Taiwan to extend their goals and objectives.