Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Ananta Kumar Kar寇安南/ National Taiwan University

Nationality : India
Major : Global MBA (College of Management)

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Over 8 years of cross-functional experience in delivering IT/automation projects: Integrating SAP and CRM applications with IBM WebSphere, QlikView analytics, Spare parts/Inventory management system, SCADA/DCS based engineering & system 800xA automation projects, technology consulting and Information Technology Project Management. Worked as a Senior IT Consultant & Process Automation Engineer with Blue Star Ltd., ABB Ltd., and R D Tata Technical Centre in the field of IT Project Management, ERP, Business Analytics and Automation Projects. Worked as a freelancer/consultant with various universities/ICT based organizations in Singapore, Vietnam & Myanmar.

Earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management from International Institute of Information Technology, Pune and Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & instrumentation from SLIET, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, India.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

I was working in Vietnam and I heard very good feedback on Taiwan education system. I decided Taiwan because of affordable tuition fee and living expenses as compared to other developed nations. NTU is one of the top 100 Universities in the world and that was my first preference. Another deciding factor was Taiwan Govt has taken lot initiatives for foreigners to study and work in Taiwan especially for Indians. I keep myself update on these kinds of information. Again, Taiwan is one of the Hi-Tech countries where learning boundary is unlimited.

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 pursuing Global MBA program. Some of the important subjects are Financial Management, Management Accounting, Operations and Service Management, Management Information Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Financial Reporting, Strategic Management, Statistics Management, Marketing Management, Organisational Behavior, Strategic Management for Technological Innovation etc along with 2 more subjects and thesis which need to be accomplished in the next semester. I enjoyed the HBS case studies with interactive lecture sessions with a lot of group work, presentations, seminars etc those things provide a real-time experience while pursuing MBA at NTU.

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)

I found studying in Taiwan means there are restless nights to accomplish the assignments. Professors of each module provide a lot of homework, presentations and group work. The interaction during the lectures is more in Taiwan. Apart from these, there is a lot of opportunity for networking with Industries by attending seminars, expo, startup programs etc.

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

The most difficult part prior to coming Taiwan was getting clearance of the documents verification for VISA processing. As my home town is in Bhubaneswar and I had to go to New Delhi for doing all these MOE and State attestation/verification. It’s very tedious process to get verified the documents thru different agencies in New Delhi. I had a very hectic time while I was getting cleared all these processes for VISA processing. I stayed in Delhi for a month to do and my home town is nearly 1500 km from New Delhi. That made me think twice whether I should join the program or not during that time. Again, I heard the TECC Chennai is more cooperative than TECC New Delhi and they have 2 different set of rules and regulation on submitting documents and collecting those verified documents. My friends those who applied for VISA at TECC at Chennai, they had hassle free journey.

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

I have already started developing an online startup i.e. ConsultDr. For traditional Chinese doctors with collaboration with start board Taiwan. I will stay in Taiwan after my study to continue to develop and serve my existing startup and I will work upon some other software startups.

ConsultDr. is an online healthcare service platform that is to be used by private traditional Chinese clinics and patients. Initially, it will be started with an online appointment service. Patients can use ConsultDr platform to search doctors and book to get instant/prior appointments. This will save the valuable waiting/queuing time for the patients. Doctors can have prior scheduling for the day as per the booking information. Doctors can manage the patients' details online. Somehow, the traditional healthcare market is getting neglected and already created a huge gap between the patients and the traditional healthcare market. ConsultDr will revive traditional healthcare system to ensure patients and doctors will get long-term benefits from the traditional treatment.

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

Certainly yes, as I didn’t have an entrepreneurial mindset before coming to Taiwan as I was only focused on working with some other companies. After joining the GMBA program, I found the GMBA environment is very competitive and all of my colleagues are having on an average 6-8 years of experience, that’s makes GMBA class more innovative.

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

The key achievements are: Gained Entrepreneurial mindset, networking with many Taiwanese partners/companies/speakers/Professors. Got acquainted with how to work 18-20 hours in a day to accomplish the task.

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

highly recommend to the prospective students to come to Taiwan and pursue their higher study here rather than going to any other countries. As I stated in above Taiwan is a pulsating country with high-tech environment and due to technological development, there are many requirements on management side we well. So, Taiwan is an excellent country for both technological programs and Management programs. As my Bachelor’s degree was in Electronics and Instrumentation and I found it’s worth pursuing Global MBA. Again one more thing, pursuing studies in Taiwan is world recognized and I got this feedback from my previous employers.