MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Education of Southeast Asian immigrants and their children in Taiwan
There are currently 538,000 new immigrants in Taiwan, more than 30% are from Southeast Asia. Immigrants from Southeast Asian countries are deeply integrating into Taiwanese society. In 2017, more than 100,000 Southeast Asian immigrants’ children are studying at elementary and junior high schools in Taiwan, which represents the links between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries become stronger than ever. In order to have more international cooperation with people in this region, Taiwanese government announced the ‘New Southbound Policy’ in 2016, which highlights the important roles of new immigrants and their children who possess cross-cultural capital and bilingual competence from this region. Education, concerning the people-to-people relationships, is one of the core elements of this policy. In this session, the speaker will first demonstrate the whole picture of the Southeast Asian immigrants in Taiwan, then introduce the educational part of the ‘New Southbound Policy’ with a special focus on the supporting policies of Southeast Asian immigrants’ children in education. Besides, what initiatives universities have launched to respond to the policy and their own institutional practices will be mentioned as well. In the end, both current policy achievements and challenges that the education sector is facing will also be discussed.
1. Understand the current situation of Southeast Asian immigrants in Taiwan
2. Identify the focuses and challenges of the New Southbound Policy
3. Learn the best practices of Taiwan’s universities in caring for immigrants’ children
Dr Chia-Ming Hsueh
Assistant Research Professor
National Cheng Kung University
Hsueh Chia-Ming is an Assistant Research Professor of Institutional Research Division at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). He was a Fulbright visiting scholar at higher education centers of UC Berkeley and Boston College. His research interests include international student mobility, globalization and internationalization of higher education, and educational policies.