Perceptions of Students from Southbound Countries

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

Leong Szi Lin/ National Cheng Kung University

Nationality : Malaysia
Major : Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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My name is Leong Szi Lin, currently 22 years old, I from Malaysia and lives in a small city called Ipoh which located in the Perak state. I’m currently in my 3rd year studying Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering in National Cheng Kung University. My family consists of six members including me, my parents, sister, brother and grandmother. My father works as a production manager in a small welding factory while my mother is a housewife, mainly taking care of my grandmother since she’s been diagnosed to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. My sister is studying Electrical Engineering in Munich, Germany while my brother is a year one student in the same university with me, major in Biomedical Engineering.

我叫梁斯麟,現年22歲,我來自馬來西亞,跟家人一起居住在霹靂州一個名為怡保的小城市。我目前在國立成功大學就讀航空太空工程學系三年級。我的家庭成員包括我由六位成員組成,即我父母、姐姐、弟弟和外婆。父親是一家小型焊接廠的生產部經理,母親是名家庭主婦,在家中主要照顧我外婆,因為她被診斷患有阿爾茨海默氏病(失智/老人癡呆症)。我的姐姐目前在德國慕尼黑學習電機工程,而我的弟弟與我在同一所大學就讀生物醫學工程學系一年級。

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1. What made you decide to study in Taiwan?

(English)

The one of couple reasons is the tuition fees here in Taiwan is more affordable than studying in my hometown, so that serves as an important factor because I don’t come from a wealthy family. The second reason is that although most universities here have cheaper tuition fees, they provide strong and good education system and faculty, thus can help me further my education here without having to experience serious financial stress. Besides that, my Mandarin language is quite decent, which can help me to adapt the culture and environment here with ease. Last but not least, the principal from my high school also recommended us to strongly consider Taiwan as a place to further our education.

(Chinese) 

其中一個原因一是:台灣大學的學雜費比在我國家升學還便宜,這是一個重要因素,因為我並不是來自一個十分富裕的家庭。第二個原因是:不僅這里大多數大學的學雜費較便宜,而且台灣大學提供強大並良好的教育系統和教師資源,可以幫助我在這裡繼續升學,而不必承受太大的財務經濟壓力。除此之外,我的中文還算可以,因此我能較輕鬆地適應這裡的文化和環境。最後一個原因是:我高中的校長建議我們強烈考慮將台灣作為繼續升學/深造的地點。

 

2.  Briefly tell us about the program you are studying. What subjects are you studying? What have you enjoyed the most in your studies?
(English)

I’m a Year 3 student from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The program was established to promote the extensive graduate education and research in aeronautics and astronautics and in related fields. In simple words aircrafts designing, engines repairing, doing research for space shuttles and rockets, something like that. I need to study all subjects of dynamics such as Thermodynamics, Fluid dynamics, Aerodynamics etc, I also need to study aircraft design, structures, engines and more. I enjoyed the most in my studies is that I can have a hand in designing or making gliders and aircrafts other than just studying theories of how these works, but I know that I still have a long way to go in order to refine my knowledge.

(Chinese) 

我目前就讀航太系三年級。航空太空工程學系的建立是為了促進台灣在航空太空領域及相關領域的廣泛教育和研究。簡單來說,該科系包含飛機的設計,發動機的維修,航天飛機和火箭的研究等等。我需要學修幾乎所有不同的動力學,例如熱力學,流體動力學,空氣動力學等,還需要學習飛機的設計,結構,發動機等。在學習中我最喜歡的是,我不僅可以研究滑翔機和飛機的工作及操作原理,還可以參與設計或製造滑翔機和飛機,但我知道我還有很多需要學習和進步的地方。

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

(English)

First of all, the teaching language medium in most of the universities in Malaysia is English whereas in Taiwan, Mandarin is the main teaching language in every university. Furthermore, the average tuition fees of universities in Taiwan are relatively much lower compared to the universities in Malaysia, even for the national universities in Malaysia. In addition, there is a wide variety of scholarships offered to overseas and foreign students who study in Taiwan compared to universities in my country, which don’t offer many scholarships for both local and foreign students, and the scholarships are also more difficult to apply for. My university located in Tainan, which I think is a very great environment for me to focus on my studies because unlike a lot of universities in my country which are located in urban areas, there certainly will have a lot more distractions that can cause students to easily lose track on their studies, but I think that’s a different case for universities in areas like Taipei and Kaohsiung.

(Chinese)  

首先,馬來西亞大多數大學的教學媒介語言是英語,然而在台灣,幾乎每所大學的主要教學媒介語言是中文。此外,台灣大學的平均學雜費比馬來西亞大學要低得多,即使是馬來西亞的國立大學也亦是如此。此外,與我國的大學相比,台灣大學為在台灣學習的境外生提供的獎學金種類繁多,而我國大學為本地學生和境外生提供的獎學金非常少,多數是津貼,而且這些獎學金也很難申請。我的大學位於台南,我認為這是我專注於學習的絕佳環境,因為與我國許多城市的大學不同,大多數都建立在繁華的都市中,那里肯定會有很多的干擾學生專心學習的因素,容易造成他們荒廢學業,但對於像台北和高雄等地區的大學來說,這是另當別論。

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

(English)

In my opinion, I think that the greatest challenge I faced when applying to study in Taiwan was that I had to write my autobiography and statement of purpose because I never gave too much thought about my study motivations and future study plan, hence I needed to give serious thoughts about them. At that time I was applying for National Cheng Kung University and National Tsing Hua University, I spent a lot of effort and time to write them cause I really wanted to get enrolled there. My high school teachers also gave me some advices in the writing process to help to perfect them.

(Chinese)  

對於我來説,我認為申請台灣升學時面臨的最大挑戰是我必須寫自傳和讀書計劃,因為我從未過多考慮自己的學習動機和對自己未來的求學計劃,因此我需要認真對待此事思考。當時我正在申請國立成功大學和清華大學,我花了不少心血和時間完成自傳和讀書計劃,因為當時我真的很想到那兒升學。我的高中老師也在寫作過程中給了我一些建議,以幫助我將其寫得更完善。

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

(English)

I don’t have too much of a plan right now but if everything goes well, I think I’ll further my education here to study master after finishing my bachelor degree, because I think the teaching quality, environment and education here is great and well-developed, which can certainly help me to strive for a more complete academic career. If unfortunately I missed the chance to study for master, there’s a great possibility that I’m going to stay here to look for job opportunities related to the field or industry I studied and involved in since the aviation and aeronautics industry is pretty developed here, thus gives me a great reason to continue staying in Taiwan.

(Chinese)  

我目前沒有太多詳細的計劃和看法,但如果一切順利,我想在完成學士學位後會繼續在這裡念碩士學位。這裡的教學品質、環境和教育狀況良好且完善,這無疑可以協助我爭取更完整的求學生涯。如果我不幸錯過了繼續念碩士學位的機會,那麼很大可能我會選擇留在這裡尋找和從事與我所念科系相關的領域或行業的工作機會,因為航空太空業在這裡蠻進步發達,因此這給了我一個繼續留在台灣的重要理由。

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

(English)

Personally, I think studying in Taiwan can benefit my future career because of the interpersonal connections that I built with the locals and also people from other countries, that opens a lot of opportunities for me to work together with the in the future. Moreover, I will be able to look for advices or help easily when I encounter difficult situations or problems in my future career. I will also be able to get to know a lot more about Taiwan during the four years studying period here, the culture here, the way of life and work here plus the people here, I believe this will help me to learn how to think and react in different perspectives and ways when overcoming or solving my difficulties in the future.

(Chinese)  

個人而言,我認為在台灣學習可以讓我未來的職業受益,因為透過學習我與本地人以及其他國家的朋友建立了人際關係,這為我提供了很多未來合作可能性的機會。此外,當我在未來的就職中遇到棘手的情況或問題時,我也能夠尋求建議或幫助。在這四年的學習期間,我還能夠使自己對台灣有更多的了解,這裡的文化,這裡的生活方式和工作方式以及這裡的人們,我相信這將幫助我學習如何思考和在克服或解決困難時,能以不同的觀點和方式做出最佳應對。

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

(English)

Firstly, for me one of the most important achievements is my personal growth, I’m now a more mature person comparing with the last few years me and had developed a better understanding of myself, I learned to become independent without relying too much on my parents because studying overseas means that I will have to do and solve almost everything by myself in a new and strange environment. Second, I think I improved communication skills this past few years, I can now interact with people without getting too awkward because I was a shy kid. Lastly one of the important achievements I had reached is good time management skills, I learned to arrange my priorities, what’s important and what’s urgent so I can finish my assignments, projects and work on time. I believe this is very crucial for every student.

(Chinese)  

首先,對我而言,最重要的成就之一就是我個人心智上的成長,與過去幾年相比,現在的我已經更加成熟,並且我對自己有了更清楚的了解,我學會了獨立而不過分依賴於我父母,因爲出國升學意味著我將逼不得已在一個即陌生又新的環境中獨自完成和解決所有問題。其次,我認爲我的溝通技巧相比過去幾年有所提升,現在我可以與人交流交談而不會感到不自然,因爲從小我是個比較内向害羞的孩子。最後,我學習了良好的時間管理,學會了如何安排優先事項,重要或緊急,以便能按時完成指定任務,作業和工作,這對每位學生都是至關重要的。

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

(English)

In my experience, I would strongly recommend them to take deep considerations to study in Taiwan because the education system here is very well-develop but still comes with relatively low tuition fees in most universities. Make necessary comparisons between schools, countries and consider their family financial ability before deciding whether they want to study in Taiwan, abroad or stay in Malaysia. For students who had decided to come to Taiwan to study, always stay open-minded and ready to accept new changes in order to adapt better and faster to the environment and culture here. Finally, there’re many types of scholarships and student loan offered and provided here in Taiwan to aid foreign students and reduce their financial burden, so for students under poverty line, there’s no need to worry about financial problem.

(Chinese)  

以我的經驗,我會強烈建議和推薦他們考慮在台灣升學,因為儘管這裡的教育系統十分完善發達,但大多數大學的學雜費仍然相對較低。在決定要在台灣升學或是其他國家留學,還是決定留在馬來西亞之前,先對學校和各個國家之間進行一定的衡量,並考慮自己家庭經濟能力。對於已經決定來台灣升學的學生,請始終保持開放的胸懷,隨時準備迎接種種新的變化,以便能更好更快地適應這裡的環境和文化。最後,台灣大學提供許多不同的獎學金、助學金以及學生貸款,以幫助境外生減輕他們的經濟壓力和負擔,因此對於家境清寒的學生,無需太過擔心財務問題。