Aiming to enhance the bilateral exchange between educational institutes in the UK and Taiwan, the British Trade & Cultural Office (BTCO) and Kingdom Education Group (KEG) co-held an award ceremony in Taipei today to reward Taiwanese students’ outstanding performances at summer programmes in Cambridge, Oxford and York in the UK, as well as announcing KEG’s new 2014 summer programme.
Chris Wood, Director of BTCO, said in the ceremony, “UK placed as the top two destinations where Taiwanese students chose to pursue further studies in 2012. The UK has always been well known for its high standard of education. Famous Taiwanese alumni who graduated from UK universities, include Winston Wang (王文洋), Ying-Wen Tsai (蔡英文) and Jason Hu (胡志強). I am glad to see Kingdom Education’s programme giving the youngsters the opportunities to learn some practical skills that could apply to your future careers.”
The awards are being presented to those Taiwanese students who impressed British educators during the 2013 courses. While the selection of the award winners was clearly difficult, the final decisions came down to those students who demonstrated the greatest commitment, imagination and progress overall.
Edward Yang, Chairman of KEG also commented: “Kingdom Education Group represents an opportunity for students to experience university life in the UK, and to get an insider’s take on what life there is like. It’s gratifying to learn that 61 students from Taiwan attended the programme this year. I hope that many of these students will have decided that a university career in the UK is for them, and will go on to make successful applications for places.”
“We are not just learning English on its own, but also the skills for studying, such as critical and creative thinking. We are encouraged to start thinking more independently and see how we can apply knowledge and not just simply absorb it.” said one of the students who went to the UK this year.
KEG’s programmes offer the opportunity to experience campus life at some of the most famous universities in the UK, such as Cambridge and Oxford, where they are introduced to options for university study in the UK. In addition to English language learning, the courses include background studies in British culture, and also workshops in areas with which Asian students may be less familiar, such as critical thinking, creativity and expressing opinions. The aim is to work on the development of the whole person.
KEG’s programmes are made up of different courses. Introductory courses are offered in a range of vocational subjects, such as engineering, economics, medicine, law, politics and international relations. Other courses are designed to improve students’ prospects should they decide to apply for universities in the UK. All students are accompanied and tutored by carefully-selected local mentors. Students will also visit the main sights of London and other great cities, as well as a selection of leading universities so they can make comparisons and see which ones might suit them best for their further studies.
In 2014, University of St. Andrews in Scotland will be added to the range of British universities hosting the KEG’s summer programmes. There will be separate programmes for students aged from 16 to 18, and for those who are over 18 and already studying at university level.
More information is available on Kingdom Education.