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More High School Graduates in Taiwan Studying Abroad, 201603

posted Mar 16, 2016, 12:22 AM by Aramely Mendez   [ updated Nov 24, 2016, 8:19 PM by Tina Chuang ]

According to Ministry of Education in Taiwan’s statistics of senior high school graduates studying abroad in the 2014 academic year, the total number is 1288, comprising merely 0.5% of the 255,500 total number of graduates, more than double the number in 2010, 556. Here are the key findings.


  1. Over 80% of these students are from the top 6 populated cities while nearly 50% of them Supposed to do it buare from the greater Taipei area.

  2. The top 5 schools with highest percentage of graduates studying overseas were either purposefully set up for expat families or labeled themselves as bilingual schools specialized in studying abroad counseling.

  3. The number of non-Taiwan nationals attending high schools in 2014 school year in Taiwan increased 56.8% increase compared to that in 2010 school year, from 745 to 1168. The top 5 schools with most non-Taiwanese students are purposely established for exact families or overseas Taiwanese.


Please found the full report as below:


Influenced by globalization and the active recruitment of students in Taiwan by internationally renowned schools, increasingly more graduating high school students are choosing to  study abroad. In 2010, 556 students went to study abroad. That number increased to over one thousand in 2013, and rose further to 1,288 in 2014. Although comprising just 0.5% of the 255,000 total number of graduates, 84% of the students who chose to study abroad came from the 6 major cities, Taipei City (population: 2,704,974), New Taipei (population: 3,971,250), Taoyuan (population: 2,108,786), Taichung (population: 2,746,112), Tainan (population: 1,885,550), and Kaohsiung (population: 2,778,729). Students from New Taipei City and Taipei City accounted for 46% of those who chose to study abroad. This figure not only indicates that studying abroad is more popular with students in the urban areas, but also shows differences in popularity between northern and central/southern regions in Taiwan.  


2. In 2014, the five schools with the most graduates choosing to study abroad were as follows (ranked in descending order): the private Kang Chiao Bilingual School (128 students), National Experimental High School at Hsinchu Science Park (60 students), the rivate IVY High School (58 students), the private Washington High School (48 students), and the private Ming-Dao High School (41 students). Among the traditional elite public schools, Taipei First Girls High School had the most number of graduating students studying overseas (35 students), followed by The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University (28 students). These two public schools ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in terms of the number of graduates studying abroad. Taipei Municipal Zhong Shan Girls High School had 24 students studying abroad, while National Wu-Ling Senior High School, National Municipal Jianguo High School, National Taichung First Senior High School, National Tainan First Senior High School, and National Hsinchu Senior High School each had between 10 and 17 graduates studying abroad. Some private schools have a higher percentage of students studying abroad because of the operation mission and/ or the smaller number of students. For example, Kang Chiao Bilingual School had 67.0% of its graduating students studying overseas in 2014. At the private I-Shou International School, that figure was 50.0%, while at the Taipei Fushing Private School, it was 28.1%. Research indicates that this is also related to the fact that these schools label themselves as bilingual schools, or they have special courses for studying overseas purposes. On the other hand, the National Experimental High School at Hsinchu Science Park was purposefully set up to provide schooling for the families working at Hsinchu Science Park, families with foreign nationality children born to Taiwanese parents or children of returning scholars from overseas; the school had 29.1% of its students studying overseas after graduation.


3. During the 2014 school year, the number of non-Taiwan nationality students attending high schools in Taiwan was 1,168. This represented a 56.8% increase compared to the 745 students in 2010. However, this was a mere 0.0015% of the overall number of students (760,000). Of the non-Taiwan nationals, 710 were overseas Taiwanese, 223 Chinese, and 235 were foreign students. In recent years, the number of foreign students has remain stable, around 200–270. In order to expand the sources of student recruitment, some schools have established special courses to recruit overseas Taiwanese students from Southeast Asia. Over the last five years, the number of overseas Taiwanese students has grown by 42.3%. As the relationship between Taiwan and China has stabilized, the number of students coming to Taiwan to live with family or arriving with parents working in Taiwan has increased significantly. The number of Chinese students grew from 25 in 2010 to over 200 in 2014. Due to cultural origins, overseas Taiwanese students, on the other hand, mainly come from neighboring countries. In 2014, Indonesian students, at 225, numbered the most. There were also 224 Vietnamese, 80 Malaysian, and 42 Thai students. These four countries accounted for 80% of overseas Chinese students. Foreign students came mainly from the United States, Japan, and South Korea (70, 65, and 26 students, respectively). These three nations accounted for 68.5% of foreign students.  

4. As a result of operation goals or based on the purpose of the school’s establishment, some schools have a higher number of students who are not Taiwan nationals. In 2014, the five schools with the most non-Taiwan nationals were as follows: (1) National Overseas Chinese Senior High School, which has the express purpose of educating overseas Taiwanese students (324 non-Taiwan national students, 323 overseas Taiwanese students, and one foreign student); (2) the private Chung Shan Industrial & Commercial School, which runs an overseas Taiwanese student course (191 non-Taiwan nationals, 186 overseas Taiwanese students, and five Chinese students); (3) the private Juang Jing Vocational High School (97 non-Taiwan nationals, 93 overseas Taiwanese students, and four Chinese students); (4) the National Experimental High School at Hsinchu Science Park, which provides schooling for children of different nationalities born to Taiwanese parents and children of returning scholars (59 students of foreign nationalities); and (5) the private Tamkang High School (16 non-Taiwan national students, one overseas Taiwanese student, three Chinese students, and 12 foreign students).


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