A small nation in the Western Pacific, Taiwan has emerged a vibrant powerhouse in the world economy. It has secured a leading role in numerous industries worldwide, particularly on the IT front. "The global economy couldn't function without it," BusinessWeek concludes in its May 16, 2005 cover story titled "Why Taiwan Matters." Taiwan has accumulated such economic clout mainly on the back of an abundant pool of high-caliber human resources. The quality of human resources hinges on higher education.
Technological and Vocational Education
Our government has placed great emphasis on Technological and Vocational Education (TVE), especially in strengthening the ties between TVE and economic development. As a result, TVE has contributed greatly to Taiwan's economic prosperity over the years.
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Entrepreneurship is a telling feature that sets Taiwan apart from most of its Asian neighbors. Against the dominance of a few conglomerates in many countries, small and medium-sized enterprises account for 98 percent of the Taiwan economy as local people have a natural disposition for starting their own business. In this entrepreneur-led society, universities have a lot to offer when it comes to R&D. In the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011, Taiwan's "science in schools" was ranked 3rd among the 59 surveyed countries.
Emerging 21st century trends, within higher education, show that greater numbers of international students are taking advantage of their educational mobility opportunities. Students from Southeast Asia have become an important focus and are receiving more government subsidies than ever before, especially in the areas of technical education. Since Taiwan's education standards and institutions of higher education are among the leading institutions of the world, Taiwan has become an important educational gateway for many countries in Southeast Asia.
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