Taiwan educational system is under the Ministry of Education (MoE) of the Republic of China. In the recent past, the country has been producing the finest students with the highest scores in the world, especially in mathematics and science. Taiwan’s educational system pays more attention to these two subjects since the country views them as the pillar for its economic growth. The levels of literacy in Taiwan stand at 98% for citizens aged 15 years and above. One of the reasons for this success is because the general standards of education in Taiwan are comparable with those of developed nations like Japan and South Korea. Taiwan’s educational sector is provided by public and private sectors from Pre-school to university. From elementary level to senior school is actually a compulsory education for everyone in Taiwan, which is meant to maintain the highest literacy level that the country enjoys.
The public educational sector provides education from elementary level to university. However, to proceed to high and university, students must go through a series of national examinations. Discipline is quite high in public schools, where also school uniforms are absolutely normal. Learning institutions in Taiwan teach students about responsibilities and values. Students are given the responsibility of cleaning their classrooms and other places in school. Students in Taiwan also attend classes between 4pm and 9pm to learn English before going home. For those expats moving to Taiwan, public schools are a good choice for kids who are comfortable learning in a Chinese-speaking environment. The school year is broken down into two semesters. The fall semester begins from September to February and the Spring semester runs from mid February to early June.
International schools are the popular option for many expats in Taiwan. However, there are few international schooling options available in the country. That means, you have to apply way in advance for your child to get a chance. These institutions are quite expensive when compared to other learning institutions in Taiwan. International schools also follow the two semester system as mentioned above. To address the emerging challenges facing the educational sector such as too much focus on exams rather than creativity and putting too much pressure on students, Taiwan government has enacted several reforms such as decentralizing the curriculum, exam free pathways to high school, high-quality early learning education, promoting e-learning, arts education available to every students and improvement of vocational training programs.
Universities and Colleges in Taiwan are either public or private. However, private universities are more expensive compared to the public ones. The government of Taiwan supports all public universities. There are several scholarships and partnership programs available for students pursuing high education. Partnership programs involve Taiwanese universities and other universities in different parts of the Globe, where foreign students come and join other students in Taiwan Universities. Currently, there is a high influx of students coming to Taiwan to learn Chinese and experience strong educational system.
When it comes to vocational training, most of the vocational schools offer three-year courses where heavier emphasis is placed on practical skills. Students in vocational training colleges choose single concentration like civil engineering, electrical engineering and computer science among others.