Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries
Read about the perception of students from soutbound countries to share the insight of studying in Taiwan.
Shakya Subani 采潔/ Nanhua University
Nationality : Nepal
Major : Natural Biotechnology
I am Subani Shakya from Nepal currently in second semester doing Bachelor in Natural Biotechnology in Nanhua University, Taiwan. I was a bookworm during my childhood but after traveling a lot during my visa and studying in Taiwan, my knowledge has been widened broadly that has totally changed my life perspectives. I love meeting new people, interacting with them, evaluating the differences between lifestyles but I still need to adjust to my new life here. All in all, I am a young passionate girl who would like to explore more in life in Taiwan and look for great years ahead during my four years for my Bachelor degree.
1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?
Studying abroad was always my dream because I want to learn more about foreign country and broaden my mind of knowledge. After I got scholarship to study in Nanhua, I have been looking forward to studying in Taiwan. Learning Chinese language is something I took as a hobby when I was in Nepal. So it was really a good platform for me to learn more of Chinese and also pursue my career in what I am interested in. Moreover, I have always heard of Taiwan as one of the disciplined and secured countries. That was all I needed to explore out world and see more of outside beyond my comfort zone. With all the great things about Taiwan, I chose to study here.
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 Bachelor in Natural Biotechnology that focuses on Natural Health, Health Living and Good Health powered by nature. In my second semester, my subjects include General Biology, General Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Botany, Chemistry Practical, Biology Practical, Biotechnology as my compulsory degree course. Besides I have courses like meditation, coming of age, culture and creative course and sports class. Because I always love plants and nature, plant tissue culture is my favorite class which is included in my Biotechnology course. My major studying in upcoming years will be the same as well. By the way not to brag but I enjoy my elective courses like meditation, coming-of-age a lot where I get to learn more of outer world beside academic study.
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)
From me, the method of teaching, learning materials, study environment, everything was totally different compared to how I have been taught in the past 15 years in Nepal. More of the difference I found was the use of digital materials for teaching and learning, which is still not that common in the place where I used to study. Here I found is more of group-based learning than individual learning which is great I must say. There is equipment available required for learning. I Just wish we could use more English to make learning more fun and interesting. All in all, it is just awesome how learning has been made so much interactive here in NHU.
4. What has been the most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome the difficulty?
The most difficult part about applying to study in Taiwan for me was visa issue. Because there is no Taiwan representative office in Nepal, so I had to fly to India to apply for visa. It was a long process of going to Taiwan Consular Office alone and dealing everyday with some missing documents and so on. In the very hot weather, we spent about a month in India to obtain visa. It was very long process for Nepalese passport holders. At last, we got it after fulfilling all the documents mentioned and demanded. Otherwise applying to study in Taiwan was pretty easy process.
5. What do you plan to do after you have finish your studies in Taiwan? Would you like to stay in Taiwan? Why?
Lately, I haven’t decided much as it’s only been 7 months that I am here in Taiwan. In the upcoming years, I would like to learn more about Taiwan as well as Mandarin. I would definitely look for some internships so that I can apply my knowledge to practice. I would love to pursue my Master's as well. At present, I haven’t yet decided to live here in Taiwan. I would like to go back to my country Nepal as part of cultural and educational exchange to bring some needed changes in that particular field because that is something I had aimed for from the very beginning.
6. How do you think studying in Taiwan can benefit you in your future career?
Studying in Taiwan is providing me with a lot of opportunities that are surely going to shape up my career. The academic program I have applied in is with no doubt going to be my future job. Apart from academics, learning Chinese also adds extra points to my profile and I can always work as an interpreter anywhere, anytime. Not only that, I have learned so much for my life. From courses like meditation, culture and creative course, coming-of-age, I have been equipped with life education that has shaped up my personality as well as lifestyle.
7. What do you see as your key achievements when studying in Taiwan?
In Taiwan, I have always learned that helping others is the first priority no matter who you are and where you are from. People in Taiwan have inspired me to always give others, including help and respect. I can explain this as my key achievement because not everyone in this world is like that and they should really learn this key point. It’s a great virtue in life to help others and get respected. Thus, this is a serious change I have done to myself by realizing the fact that happiness is earned through helping others. Another achievement so far is Chinese as my pentalingual achievement.
8. What advice do you have for other interested overseas students who want to come to Taiwan to study?
My advice is that Taiwan is a great place to know more about if you are finding a secured and disciplined place to travel. It is a place where you get to know about traditional Chinese traditions as well as literature. With scholarship from the government or school, Taiwan will be the best place to study abroad, because it is a peaceful place where you can widen your knowledge about life, and outgrow all the potential you have in yourself. That is what I have learned in this very small time of 7 months. Take risk in life and come out of your comfort zone. It’s the best decision I could ever make in life studying in Taiwan here and it is the best experience ever here.