For Belizeans seeking the next level in academic achievement, it is often difficult to find finance to pursue studies in their chosen field.
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Belize is launching its annual program of scholarships to Belizeans, including the ICDF (International Cooperation and Development Fund) and Taiwan Scholarship.
While the former is available to English speakers, the latter, sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, involves learning a new language – Mandarin Chinese.
Spoken by over a billion people worldwide, Ambassador David Wu told us today that it can be beneficial to future scholars.
“It will be very tough, but if they can overcome the difficulties, they can really benefit by learning Mandarin because nowadays, Mandarin is very important and very useful for the huge market in Asia where Mandarin is No.1 spoken language. So, I encourage Belizean students that if they are willing to accept the challenge and to go to Taiwan to start in mandarin, if they can overcome the difficulties, they can benefit more”.
Today’s briefing included members of the local alumni society. Ambassador Wu tells us how important they are to easing
the potential culture shock of study in the Far East.
H. E. David Wu: “Today, we co-host this briefing with the Belize-Taiwan ICDF Alumni Society. We newly elected one person. We have this twice; one is the briefing of the application of the scholarship and the other kind is orientation. Because there are graduates of the students coming back from Taiwan, they know very well the situation in Taiwan. They know the culture shocks and the difficulties, what to do and what not to do. So, hopefully in this way, they can share their experience with more applicant students in Belize”.
So how can one apply? The Ambassador shares the details.
H. E. David Wu: “Our scholarship has already started accepting applications. The deadline will be 14th March. Taiwan Scholarship will be 34th March. So, please, we have another month to go and I would like to invite students in Belize countrywide to come to our embassy to apply for a scholarship. They can browse our website first if they cannot come to the briefing. Today, we invite the principals, teachers, some parents, faculties, media house. Through them we hope that the students can get enough information for the application for the scholarship”.
Taiwan and Mexico are two key partners in educational development with Belize.