Overseas students can become Taiwanese workers and citizens

Taiwanese Premier Mao Chi-kuo enjoined the Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) to formulate a cross-ministerial plan to augment the recruitment of overseas ethnic Chinese students, who could also be incorporated into the nation’s new resident policy and become naturalized citizens.
The OCAC reported its plan to expand the hiring of overseas ethnic Chinese students in order to bolster the recruitment, cultivation, retention and utilization of talents. The country’s working population will decrease by 180,000 to 200,000 every year, and the administration must tackle this issue in light of the resultant labor shortages, Mao stated. In the past the government had supplemented the nation’s labor force with foreign blue-collar as well as white-collar workers. Its current priority is enlisting overseas ethnic Chinese students, whose cultures and social values are quite similar to Taiwanese, to work in Taiwan after graduation. These new residents could also be the vanguard for Taiwanese businesses developing Southeast Asian markets.
The points- and quota-based mechanism launched July 3, 2014, has garnered considerable results in retaining overseas ethnic Chinese graduates in the domestic work force, the premier pointed out. According to the OCAC, as of the end of May 2015 a total of 852 graduates had applied under the program, with 693—about 80 percent—approved. More students can be encouraged to do the same so long as their credentials are assured, the premier said.
The OCAC will continue to work with relevant ministries and agencies in order to foster favorable conditions for recruiting overseas ethnic Chinese students. The OCAC has set the targets of recruiting 25,000 such students and keeping 44 percent of the graduates to work in Taiwan in the 2025 school year.
The premier enjoined the OCAC and Ministry of Education to explore recruiting not only ethnic Chinese vocational college and university undergraduate students from Southeast Asia, but also master’s and doctoral students. To raise the number of overseas ethnic Chinese students who can work in Taiwanese industries in the future, the two ministries must also formulate points- and quota-based mechanisms to increase students for senior high and vocational schools, in particular those with academia-industry collaboration programs.
Source: http://www.ey.gov.tw/en/News_Content2.aspx?n=1C6028CA080A27B3&sms=E0588283EFAA02AD&s=077FEE24B0B79E2F


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