Retaining International Talents –
Ministry of Education Holds Employment Seminars for Foreign Students in Taiwan
To assist foreign students with post-graduation job seeking and to retain international talents in Taiwan, the Ministry of Education (MoE) held three seminars in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung from November 27 to December 3, attracting an estimated 200 students from 50 different universities.
The employment seminars were held at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (November 27), National Chung Hsing University (November 29), and Kaohsiung I-Shou University (December 3). This year’s seminars were met with enthusiastic registrations by participants across different universities. To better disseminate information and employment skill-building to foreign students that could not attend, The MoE broadcasted the seminars live on the Taiwan Alumni Database (TAD) fan page and had over 600 viewers. In addition to the broadcast, viewers were able to participate in online Q&As and interact with the speakers.
Representatives from the Ministry of Labor’s Labor Development Department took this opportunity to explain regulations and areas of attention in the “Scoring Criteria for Foreign and Overseas Chinese Students to Work in Taiwan” so that students who intend to work in Taiwan can better understand the work permit application process. Experienced professors and corporate human resource executives were also invited to speak on resume writing, interview skills, frequently encountered problems with student job applications, and details that require extra attention. It is hoped that providing these resources in response to student needs will help give applicants a better chance to secure their ideal job.
Seven foreign senior students from the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, and other countries and regions were invited to the seminars to share their employment experiences in Taiwan. Isaac Yang, a graduate from the Department of Journalism and Communication Studies of Fu Jen Catholic University, stated that since he felt the majority of foreign students were unfamiliar with regulations about staying in Taiwan, he created a community group on Facebook to share information on post-graduation employment application processes with them. Isaac believes that through such employment seminars, students can be more aware of the requirements and prepare themselves for job applications in advance. Bek Suz from Uzbekistan is currently a veteran chef at the E-Da Royal Hotel and has lived in Taiwan for over a decade. Motivated by his childhood love for movie star Bruce Lee, he came to Taiwan to learn Chinese and study culinary arts. Bek Suz expressed appreciation for the resources provided by Taiwan that helped him graduate and was very thrilled to share his story and experience with other foreign students who also wish to work in Taiwan.
In 2018, the MoE established the TAD to facilitate interaction and exchange between foreign students in Taiwan and to understand employment trends amongst foreign graduates. The TAD platform was created to encourage recent foreign graduates to join the database and further expand their network. Through its website and English e-newsletter, the platform announces important educational activities, policies for foreign students, recruitment information, Taiwan alumni award selection, employment seminars, and more to further assist foreign students on their post-graduation job search and to strengthen their communication network. Familiar with the cultures of both their homeland and Taiwan, it is hoped that these outstanding foreign talents can contribute to Taiwanese industries and become important human resources both at home and abroad.
▲Students actively asked questions at the 2019 employment seminar in Taipei
▲A senior student shares her experience at the 2019 employment seminar in Taichung
▲Group photo of the participants at the 2019 employment seminar in Kaohsiung