Photo: (2nd row left 2) Education Division Director Sophie Chou and Participants
After going through nearly two months of application review process and several extensive discussions engaged in the Ministry of Education (MOE) Scholarship Review Committee (Review Committee) meetings, successful candidates have been finally determined among a handful of outstanding candidates this year for the MOE Taiwan Scholarship and the MOE Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES). Once the award lists were confirmed, the Education Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston (the Education Division, TECO) mailed out the notice of the Review Committee’s decisions to candidates, both snail mail and e-mail.
Before the Memorial Day’s long weekend holiday, Education Division’s e-mail box was flooded with messages expressing excitements and gratitude as well as inquires on preparations for departure to Taiwan from successful MOE scholarship candidates. To provide those who are about to undertake studies in Taiwan with survival basics as international students, invitations for an orientation in combination of lunch meeting was sent by mid-May. The gathering came out to be a very enjoyable and successful one taken place on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the Greenway Plaza, TECO-Houston office.
In addition to the awardee-to-be, college students who plan to study in Taiwan and local university professors were also taking part in the event shared their travel experiences to Taiwan and passions for getting to know more of the land, the culture, and the people. While participants having the famous Taiwanese delicacies, Savory-Crispy Chicken Nuggets in one hand, Pearl Milk Tea on the other, the Education Division urged those who are interested in pursuing further study in Taiwan to grab the “money opportunity-scholarship” offered by the MOE. A list of useful websites was passed out to participants and practical advices were given to better facilitate the needs of those future foreign students in Taiwan.
At the end of the presentation, attendees responded enthusiastically by posing questions that came across their minds. After all the answers were sought, they walked out of TECO with happy stomach and great smiles on their faces. “I don’t have my return trip ticket yet. I’ll see after my 9-month Huayu study with HES.” said one of the HES recipients.