Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries
Read about the perception of students from soutbound countries to share the insight of studying in Taiwan.
Chun Jes Yee/ National University of Kaohsiung
Nationality : Malaysia
Major : Department of East Asian Languages and Literature(Japan)
I'm Jes Yee from Malaysia, Johor and currently study at National University of Kaohsiung(NUK). I came to Taiwan since February 2017 because of the Division of Preparatory Programs for Overseas Chinese Students at New Taipei City. At there, I met many friends from all over the world and acquire myself in a genuine Taiwan setting. It was a very enriching experience for me. I feel proud to be one of the Student Ambassador of National University of Kaohsiung. Besides, I'm also the chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature Association.Kaohsiung was a nice place, I love the food here.
1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?
Firstly, I love the learning environment of Taiwan's University. Good learning environment brings up the quality of education, this encourages and promote Taiwan’s international academic competitiveness. Besides, the tuition fee at Taiwan's university was very reasonable and affordable for overseas students. Taiwan, R.O.C. Government and University Entrance Committee For Overseas Chinese Students provides many kinds of scholarship to us. The rich culture of Taiwan with traditional Chinese temples, food, and calligraphy was very unique. Other than this, Taiwan's resident always shares their energy and enthusiasm to us. In addition, Taiwan's infrastructure is advanced and convenient transportation makes us study and live in comfort. Taiwan's university also provides many kinds of major and program for students.
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'm currently studying in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature(Japanese).In order to meet multiple needs of Taiwan economics and society between WTO and ASEAN, the department I'm studying divided into three groups which are Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese. Our department intends to cultivate students to excels in languages of East Asian area. In order to enrich students’ knowledge of language proficiency, our department provides many practical course and oversea studies programs to students. Foreign teacher and seminar with students from Japan's university was the part I enjoyed the most. As a student of the language field, I think the most important things to us was enthusiastic and passionate. Besides study, every day in the classroom, social and communicate was also important to students who study the language.
我目前就讀於東亞語文學系日語組。為了配合世界貿易組織與東盟之間台灣經濟社會的多重需求，東亞語文學系被分為三組，分別是日語，韓語，越南語。 東亞語文學系以培養學生擅長東亞地區的語言為目標。 為了豐富學生的語言能力，也為學生提供了許多實用的課程以及海外實習。 來自日本大學的外國教師和研討會是我最喜歡的部分。 作為語言領域的學生，我認為對我們來說最重要的是熱情和毅力。 除了學習，每天在課堂上的文化交流也對我們很重要。
3. How does studying in Taiwan compare with studying in your home country (e.g., teaching quality, environment, school equipment, facilities, etc.)?
Taiwan’s strong technology sector guarantees high-quality education in every field.Besides, every university has a library that provides reference book, novels, journals or magazine for students and teacher. Compare with Taiwan, the number of books in Malaysian universities is small. In addition, most of the books are only in English and Malay, so it is very difficult to find Chinese literature in Malaysia. The courses at the University of Malaysia are mostly held in lecture halls and this makes students hard to concentrate. Furthermore, most of the course I take in Taiwan use multimedia like a computer and LED projector in class.
台灣強大的技術保證了各個領域的高質量教育。此外，每一所大學都有設立圖書館，為學生和教師提供參考書，文學書籍，期刊或雜誌。 與台灣相比，馬來西亞的大學圖書館書籍數量較少。 大部分的書籍也只有英語和馬來語，因此很難在馬來西亞的圖書館找到中文或其他語言的書籍。 馬來西亞的大學課程大多在演講廳舉行，這使得學生們很難集中註意力。 舉例來說，我在台灣的就學中大部分課程都使用多媒體，如電腦和LED投影機。
4. What has been the greatest challenge you faced in applying to study in Taiwan? How did you overcome this challenge?
The greatest challenge I faced in applying to study in Taiwan was preparing the application document. This is because I graduated from national high school and all of the related certificate and examination results was in the Malay language. In order to overcome this challenge, the most important thing I need to do is to translate all of the related certificate and examination result to Chinese. In addition, the certificate and result have to send to my high school for making certification stamp. The work efficiency of my high school's administration was very slow so I always make call reminder for them.
我申請到台灣留學時面臨的最大挑戰是準備申請文件的部份。 這是因為我畢業於國立高中，所有相關的證書和成績證明文件都是馬來語。 為了克服這一個挑戰，我需要做的最重要的事情就是將所有相關的證書和證明單翻譯成中文。 此外，證書和結果也需要送到我的高中獲得認證印章。 我高中行政管理效率很慢，所以我總是需要給他們打電話提醒。
5. What do you plan to do after you have finish your studies in Taiwan? Would you like to stay in Taiwan? Why?
Yes, I would like to stay in Taiwan after graduated from Bachelor study. It is because I feel more comfortable when I stay here. The culture experience in Taiwan was very unique and fun. After graduation, I would like to stay in Kaohsiung and find a job to earn income. This is because I'm interested to study a master's degree in Japanese language major. Besides, the job must be related to the Japanese language so I can always enrich myself in the environment with language. Other than this, I would like to plan a long trip to every city in Taiwan with my lovely parents. Furthermore, I wish I could have more time to accompany my parents.
是的，畢業後我想要繼續留在台灣。 因為我非常喜歡這裡的生活環境。 台灣的文化體驗非常獨特而有趣。 畢業後，我想留在高雄找工作賺取收入。 這是因為我有興趣攻讀日語專業的碩士學位。 此外，這份工作也必須與日語有關，所以我能用語言來豐富自己的環境。 除此之外，我想與我的父母一起計劃在台灣的每個城市進行長途旅行，我希望我有更多的時間陪伴我的父母。
6. How do you think studying in Taiwan can benefit you in your future career?
Firstly, the overseas studies programs provided by the National University of Kaohsiung made me enrich my language abilities and understanding of the difference in politics, economics, and social culture in East Asia nations. In addition, I also can enhance myself into the different culture of each nation.Besides, the practical course also improve my speaking skills in Japanese language and English. Other than this, although I am a Malaysian Chinese, but my Chinese speaking abilities were not as good as Taiwanese people. So I decided to dip myself into Taiwan culture to improve my Chinese speaking abilities. With this, my language abilities could be helpful in my future career.
首先，高雄大學所提供的海外實習課程，使我的語言能力和對東亞國家政治，經濟和社會文化差異的理解更加豐富。 此外，我也可以融入每個民族之間的不同文化。系上的必修課程也提高了我的日語和英語口說能力。 除此之外，雖然我是馬來西亞華裔，但我的中文能力不如台灣人。 因此，我決定深入了解台灣文化，以提高我的中文口說能力。 這樣一來，我的語言能力可能對我未來的職業生涯有所幫助。
7. What do you see as your key achievements during your studies in Taiwan?
By participating in club activities, I learned how to get along with people in a group. To me, communication skills was a very important thing for everyone in their life. By communicating with each other, we can solve problems or share ideas together. Besides, as a chairman of the association, I learned the importance of teamwork by hosting an event in university. Other than this, University is not only for us to learn our major, but is also a place where we can learn and earn experience in many different situations. The most important is, studying abroad make us be more independent.
通過參加社團以及系上的活動，我學會了如何與團體中的同學相處。 對我而言，溝通技巧對於生活中的每個人來說都是非常重要的。 通過彼此溝通，我們可以一起解決問題或分享彼此的想法。 此外，作為系學會的會長，我通過在大學舉辦的活動中了解到團隊合作的重要性。 除此之外，大學不僅是我們學習專業的地方，也是我們可以在許多不同情況下學習和獲得經驗的地方。 最重要的是，出國留學使得我們變得更加獨立。
8. What advice do you have for other foreign students who may want to come to Taiwan to study?
For me, Taiwan is a country that is very friendly to foreigners. So don't worry about it if have the interest to study in Taiwan. Besides, Taiwan's university provides many types of major and program to the overseas student. The culture in Taiwan was also very rich with the beautiful sight-seeing spot. Furthermore, by studying abroad help us get a better opportunity for seeking jobs at home country. Other than this, if you worry about money ,Taiwan, R.O.C. Government and University Entrance Committee For Overseas Chinese Students provides many kinds of scholarship to us. The Office of International Affairs also will help us in our study.
對我來說，台灣是一個對外國人非常友好的國家。 所以如果有興趣到台灣留學，真的不需要擔心。 此外，台灣的大學為海外學生們提供了多種類型的專業和課程。 台灣的文化也非常豐富，有著許許多多美麗的觀光景點。 再來，通過出國留學幫助我們獲得在本國尋找工作的更好機會。 除此之外，如果你擔心經濟上的問題，政府以及聯合招生委員會為我們提供了多種獎學金申請。 各大學的國際事務處也將幫助我們留臺的生活。