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Number of Taiwanese Student Studying Abroad Grew 7.12% in 2016

posted Jun 19, 2017, 8:03 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 11:21 PM by Chuang Tina ]

Early this year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) released the number of Taiwanese students studying abroad for 2016. 

Key Findings:
● Overall, the number of Taiwanese students studying abroad grew 7.12%. The data combines both studying with student visa and without student visa, across all types of programs.

● US continues to be the most popular destination with 21,127 students, in terms of numbers. 

● Germany, Canada, and Australia experienced strong YoY growth, with 61.2%, 37.91% and 32.9% growth respectively. Meanwhile, Norway and Denmark grew from 11 to 20 (81.82%), and 23 to 33 (43.48%), respectively. 

● While the number of most countries either remain stable or fluctuate from year to year, the number of Australia, Canada, and Japan keep growing; nevertheless, that of U.K. is on the contrary. 
Analysis
● Taiwan is still a very strong market for study abroad if you measure it on a per capita basis. However, what the data is showing us is that Taiwanese today are considering a broader range of options than just US, UK, Canada & Australia, expanded to countries in Europe and Asia.

● We feel that the increase in student enrollment to Canada, Australia and Japan is the direct result of the working holiday program between these countries and Taiwan. The data shows a "spillover" effect from the working holiday scheme. Students tend to go over to these countries through the Working Holiday scheme, then they decide that they would like to stay there a bit longer and some of them stay on to pursue more education and eventually, the students may eventually choose to immigrate there.

● The implication of these trends is that it is becoming more challenging for schools to recruit these students as many of these students are bypassing agents entirely. 

Number of Taiwanese student obtaining visa overseas 2006-2016   

Total number of Taiwanese students studying abroad 2016

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