Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Nguyen Trung Tinh/ National Chung Cheng University

Nationality : Vietnam
Major : Economics, Ph.D. Program

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I am a lecturer at Can Tho University in Vietnam. Currently, I am a doctoral student at National Chung Cheng University and my major is Economics. 
I have studied at National Chung Cheng University since 2017.


1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

Taiwan is famous for its high-quality Ph.D. program. With a long-standing history of teaching, Taiwan offers one of the best programs around the world. It has a large number of international students from many countries. It means that Taiwanese universities have much experience in educating international students and I can have more advantages when studying in this environment. In addition, with modern facilities and many extracurricular activities for students, my studying time is not only a good chance to improve my knowledge but also a great time for my living experience. The curriculum is designed flexibly with both required and optional courses so that I can choose suitable courses for my interest. The courses include is not only academic knowledge, helping me to develop my background, but also quantitative and qualitative courses that are significant and useful for my researching.



2.  Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?
My economics program is one of the high-quality programs at National Chung Cheng University. Our all professors studied and researched in many developed countries as America, UK, and European countries. I have learned a lot of professional knowledge and researching skills from these professors. I am studying Financial Economics, Microecnometrics, and Seminar on the topics of International Economics. These courses have provided me much in-depth knowledge, experiences, and skills that I can apply in teaching and researching when I come back to Vietnam. I also can share these things with my colleagues and students. Especially, I really love Taiwanese food such as beef noodles, Braised pork rice, bubble tea, and Pineapple cake.   


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

The teaching quality in Taiwanese universities is higher than our country's universities so I decided to study in Taiwan to approach this advanced education system. The university’s environment is very friendly and Taiwanese students are more sociable than I thought. School equipment and facilities are invested very modernly. Besides, some buildings still keep their traditional beauty and unique architecture. I was impressed in front of these buildings on the first day when I came to National Chung Cheng University. In addition, the campus has a lot of green trees and the air is very fresh. There are many convenience stores like 7-11 and Family Mart.


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

The notarization of documents caused me to struggle and take a lot of time. I have to notarize my all documents in Ho Chi Minh City while I live in another city where is too far away from Ho Chi Minh city, about three hours of bus. So, I have to spend at least 6 hours to go to Ho Chi Minh city and then go back my home. However, I had contacted with the staffs who work at Taiwan Education Information Center in Vietnam and get many useful advice to complete the application process for studying abroad more quickly.


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

I will come back Can Tho University because I am a lecturer of this university. I will impart my knowledge and experience that I learnt in Taiwan to my colleagues and students. I will let them know about a wonderful Taiwan where there are too many nice people and beautiful scenes. I had introduced my student and colleagues to study masters and PhDs at Taiwan universities. If I have a chance to stay in Taiwan, I will continue to follow my research path in fields of Economics and Finance because Taiwanese universities and professors are very professional and the living environment is very peaceful. When I have enough experience and intensive research skills, I will return to Vietnam to share these things with students and researchers.


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

I want to become a researcher in the future so studying in Taiwan will provide me the professional knowledge and research skills to apply and solve practical issues. I will have the connections with the professors in Taiwanese universities. If I want to conduct any research, I could get the helps from these professional professors. Moreover, I can also work as a postdoctoral researcher with leading professors from the top Taiwan university. I will learn their working style as well as the new knowledge. I have a new way of thinking to find out interesting and useful research ideas for life.


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

have gained some achievements during the time in Taiwan such as access to new knowledge and important research skills from excellent professors as well as the way how to enjoy and live with my passion for doing research. I found my path. I also have another achievement in listening and speaking Chinese although I did not learn it before. I can basically communicate with Taiwanese people and order some food or drinks. I have already upgraded myself. Especially, I have learned cooking skills that I did not know before coming to Taiwan because I am the youngest child in family.


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

Taiwanese universities have many master and Ph.D. programs that are designed in detail and fit the needs of international students. You will have a chance to approach the modern knowledge, professional teaching methods from excellent professors. Besides, you can also travel to beautiful landscapes in Taiwan and enjoy delicious food. Especially, the Taiwanese are very friendly and sociable. Moreover, the Taiwanese traffic system is very modern and convenient. All learning materials used in the subjects are English books. In addition, the English level of the staff in universities is very good so they can easily help you to solve your problem. Come to Taiwan and feel it.