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Number of Taiwanese Student Studying Abroad Grew 7.12% in 2016

posted Jun 19, 2017, 8:03 PM by Paloma Yang
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 Students Studying Abroad

Resources: Ministry of Education, Taiwan
Translated and consolidated by EnvisionRecruit (www.envisionrecruit.com)

Country

2013

2014

2015

2016

YoY (change)

Europe

UK

4380

4135

3965

3,815

-3.78%

France

N/A

1680

842

N/A

Germany

1441

1509

919

1,488

61.92%

Poland

485

465

612

561

-8.33%

Netherlands

370

360

405

400

-1.23%

Austria

383

389

450

419

-6.89%

Russia

144

126

183

181

-1.09%

Sweden

117

130

120

113

-5.83%

Belgium

108

110

121

120

-0.83%

Finland

27

41

39

37

-5.13%

Norway

N/A

11

11

20

81.82%

Spain

N/A

0

270

N/A

Denmark

24

28

23

33

43.48%

Iceland

N/A

0

0

2

Subtotal

7479

8984

7960

7189

-9.69%

Americas

Canada

2883

2648

3500

4,827

37.91%

USA

23250

21867

21266

21,127

-0.65%

Paraguay

N/A

1

1

N/A

Subtotal

26133

24516

24767

25954

4.79%

Asia

Japan

6402

6531

7491

8,444

12.72%

Korea

256

247

257

265

3.11%

Thailand

214

247

207

217

4.83%

Malaysia

76

1035

985

502

-49.04%

Vietnam

N/A

904

994

364

-63.38%

Subtotal

6948

8964

9934

10125

1.92%

Oceania

Australia

7211

8201

10220

13,582

32.90%

New Zealand

1448

1366

1225

1,106

-9.71%

Subtotal

8659

9567

11445

14688

28.34%

Total

49219

52031

54106

57956

7.12%


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