Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Brenda Chia Chiew Li/ National Chiao Tung University

Nationality : Malaysia
Major : Management of Technology


I am Brenda, I was born and grew up in a small town in East Malaysia. I am currently a graduate student at National Chiao Tung University. I graduated from National Cheng Chi University last year
with a double bachelor degree. This is my sixth year staying in Taiwan, I love living here. Taiwan has been my second home.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

After graduating from high school, I get a full sponsor scholarship from Singapore University in the design department. However, after my high school intern, I realized the working style that I prefer involved in interaction with people. After giving up my first and only desired course I have no idea what I am going to do. My parents wished me to have a bachelor degree, the convenience of Taiwan university application system attracted me. Therefore, I applied for the department public administration in NCCU. Luckily I got in and without any doubt I decided to study abroad. After bachelor graduation I decided to further my understanding in my second bachelor degree advertising, even though I was accepted to four university in UK and some offer scholarship. At last, I decided to stay in Taiwan as this is a friendly country with convenient application system and I decided to join MOT department in NCTU as I wish to work in technology industry.



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 currently a graduate student in the MOT department in NCTU. Management of Technology, MOT, is a professional study which integrates engineering, science, and management. The study is applied in planning, developing, and establishing the skills of technology within an organization in order that the strategies and the purpose of the organization can be accomplished. I realized I love to plan and organize during my previous study experience, MOT department is great in developing my professional knowledge in technical aspect, this is the first time I learn about machine learning and artificial intelligence, meanwhile, we have to learn about patent and intellectual property, financial management as well. I am learning to be a well‐rounded people.


3. How does studying in Taiwan compare with studying in your home country (e.g., teaching quality, environment, school equipment, facilities, etc.)?

come to Taiwan at the age of 19, before that I was studying in Malaysia. Lecturer in Malaysia in more about theory but in Taiwan we got chances to visit in the real working place and it’s more practical. For instance, when I was studying in advertising at NCCU, our professor encourages us to take part in competition and invite speaker from the industry, let us know the insight of the field and they would organize brief competition among us. They give us useful suggestion based on our performance, therefore when we won’t be struggling when we started to join the industry as the lecture and training is similar with what we meet in the real world.


4.  What has been the greatest challenge you faced in applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome this challenge?

The challenges that I faced during applying is my relatives’ gossip and opinion. First, they couldn’t differentiate between China and Taiwan, secondly as the courses are conducted in Mandarin, it will be challenging for me while I work in other countries around the world. The second issues are my main concern, luckily there is sufficient foreign student in Taiwan, therefore, there will be some courses conducted in English, therefore I take chances to choose English courses and grab the opportunity to join international activities.


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

After graduate from my master degree, I would love to work in Taiwan in the technology sector. It’s because my bachelor and master degree are from Taiwan and my social network is built around here, therefore I would like to work at Taiwan around three to five years. After building my working experiences here in Taiwan, I would consider working in the USA.


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

NCCU and NCTU are prestigious and high ranking university, the standard of the professor is high on average and they are willing to help their student. After graduating from bachelor, it took me only two weeks to get a job, and the education in Taiwan easy to get me into a career path. I think Taiwan is an excellent country to study and working.


7.  What do you see as your key achievements during your studies in Taiwan?

One thing I like about Taiwan is the information flow, as long as we need to suggest anything to the government or wish to get information, it is very convenient, though I wouldn’t know if the suggestion makes any difference as I am a foreigner. Taiwan is an appropriate country to develop UX and UI, and this is what I learned the most during my studying in Taiwan, create something that is


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

If you want to come to Taiwan, it is ok if you don’t want to learn mandarin, but it will also reasonable if people deem troublesome to help you and refuse to offer assistance. Don’t take everything for granted and don’t make people change because of you're convenient, change yourself.