Seven University students awarded Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarships

June 11 / 62

Seven students from the University’s Asia Institute have been awarded prestigious 2011 Huayu Enrichment Scholarships by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.

The scholarships provide students with a place in any university Mandarin training centre in Taiwan to complete courses in Mandarin Chinese.

The University winners were Mark Crosbie, Raoul Renard, Christopher Pettersen,  David Willson, Thomas Day, Aimee Hall and Sarah Rogers.

The students, from the Faculty of Arts, will spend three to six months at the Mandarin Training Centre (National Taiwan Normal University), the Centre of Chinese Language (Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages) or the College of Liberal Arts Chinese Language Centre (National Cheng Kung University).

Convenor of the Chinese program at the Asia Institute Dr Du Liping said the University was well-represented in the awards. 

“While we’ve had a small number of students receive Huayu Enrichment Scholarships in previous years, this year’s group of seven – with two more shortlisted – is unprecedented.

“It’s particularly impressive, and represents almost a third of the 26 scholarships awarded to students nationally.”

Dr Liping said the students’ success resulted from the University’s academic leadership in Taiwan Studies.  

“Last year, academics from the Asia Institute hosted a Taiwan Studies International Conference featuring distinguished visiting speakers from Taiwan, as well as a lively Taiwan Studies Postgraduate Symposium,” he said. 

The Huayu Enrichment Scholarships (HES) encourage international students to undertake short term research in Taiwan to help provide greater opportunities to study Chinese language and to increase understanding of Taiwanese culture and society. 

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