Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Ho Jin Ming/ Shih Hsin University

Nationality : Malaysia
Major : Department of Radio, Television and Film (Division of Radio)


I am Ho Jin Ming from East Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, where I born, grow up and get educated. Mandarin is considered as my first language, and I got into a whole Mandarin language learning environment since kindy. Also, just to clarify, I am Malaysian Born Chinese, but not Malay or Chinese from China.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

Taiwan has always been one of my favorite countries. I watch a lot of Taiwanese dramas and TV programs since I was a kid. Also, I love the chinese pop music and singers in Taiwan. In fact, I am highly interested in Taiwan, despite its culture or tour spots. Plus, I tend to see the Countdown Party and Fireworks in person once in my college life.

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 radio broadcasting in SHU, which is my first option when I applied for major. I learn to produce radio programs and dramas as my faculty offers various courses about performance, editing of soundtracks and training of voice-over. Also, I improved myself by enriching theoretical knowledge and sharpening practical skills. Besides, I got into SHU Radio Station to produce my own program where I can apply my techniques freely. Also, I get to expand my horizon and gain experiences.

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)

Teachers here are very kind and professional who never tired of instructing and motivating students to achieve goals. Furthermore, they are very experienced in teaching. SHU provides a rather conducive learning environment for students. Plus, I’ve met many friendly and supportive Taiwanese who always willing to help. We get along pretty well as we share our cultures with each other and have a really great time.

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

The living expenditure in Taiwan is much higher than I thought before, especially when the currency of Ringgit Malaysia in 2014 -the first year I came to Tawan- tumbles a lot compared with the year of 2013. I need to get a job and work weekly to make money so my income can balance out the living cost. Fortunately, I got scholarships that help me solve the financial problem. Meanwhile, I gain social working experience, become more independent and responsible after I started working.

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

I don’t have any specific future plans after graduating. By that, I mean I’d like to try everything. Staying in Taiwan is not my prior choice at all, but I’ll see what comes to me in the future. If I got a job here, then I’d stay. Going back to my hometown doesn’t mean losing something, instead, it’s the time to perform what I have learned in college, showing creativity and ability.

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

I’ve got the opportunity to go for an internship in Taiwan. Furthermore, I can develop my soft skills such as social skill, communication skill, and emotional intelligence. I am well-prepared that I can face on different challenges and become a problem solver.

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

I’ve met lots of friends in Taiwan and traveled around Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Keelung, Taitung and there are still more in my bucket list. Moreover, I cooperate with people from different backgrounds and perspectives, we brainstorm together and work things out. I’ve tried a lot of things that I’ve never done before, like being an actor, a host, and scriptwriter. it’s the way to push the boundaries beyond my limits. 

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

Taiwan is a nice place to study abroad and get around. Taiwanese are friendly and generous, Give yourself a chance to change into a better person. You’ll never know what you can achieve or will achieve if you’ve never wanted to give a shot. Well, I think you should take a look and experience the amazingness of Taiwan on your own in person. Beyond all doubts, for sure, you will love Taiwan.