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Jamie Lin & Prof. Chia-Pei Chou. Source: TechTaiwan

A new Taiwan scholarship is set up to encourage Southeast Asian students seeking to study at Taiwan’s best university – National Taiwan University (NTU). Jamie Lin, an alumnus of NTU and founding partner of Taipei-based accelerator AppWorks set up the private scholarship fund on his personal behalf.

Taiwan scholarship for Indonesian, Filipino and Vietnamese students

The ‘NTU-Jamie Lin-Southeast Asia Bursary’ (台大林之晨東南亞助學金) is for one year in the first instance. The bursary provides NT$ 60 thousand stipends each semester supporting a total of five students from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, and will potentially expand to other SEA nations in the future.

Jamie Lin says Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are some of the most populated countries in Southeast Asia, with lower GDP per capita. 

He hopes to fund each student NT$10 thousand per month to ease the living cost in Taipei and states these students would become important connections in bridging various aspects between Taiwan and SEA countries in the future no matter if they choose to stay or return to their home countries.

‘Private enterprises can do more to connect Taiwan and Southeast Asia’

“Taiwan has seen negative population growth since last year,” he says, “so immigration policies are crucial to the country’s future development. Neighboring Southeast Asia economies are rising but are having an undersupply of market resources, and this is where Taiwan can come into play.”

He goes on, “by assisting in providing top-notch education, our engineering resources, hardware supply chain, and the capital market we can connect with these neighboring countries.”

He hopes to set an example for fellow Taiwanese private enterprises to follow suit, as he points out this is important for the next 20-30 years of regional development.

Based on the first few batches of scholarship recipients, he said future expansion of bursary eligibility to other SEA nations, such as Laos and Myanmar, is possible.

Students from ASEAN countries studying in Taiwan has doubled in the past five years

The New Southbound Policy was brought by the Taiwanese government under President Tsai Ing-wen aiming to enhance regional cooperation between Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Australasia.

ASEAN students coming to study in Taiwan has since doubled, and reaching over 50 thousand students, most of which coming from Vietnam. Currently, there are over 1.3 thousand students from ASEAN studying at NTU.


For more information, please check Overseas Students Advising Division, NTU.

updated: March 22, 2021