The Academic-Industrial Program of Southeast Asian Students in Taiwan


Since 2016’s "New Southbound Policy" has developed in Taiwan, there are more and more Southeast Asian Students coming to Taiwan for study. From 2016 to 2020, their number had risen to over 30,000 students, posting an increase of 85 per cent in five years. Those students’ language learning, life adjustment and practical training on campus are the main issues. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate students’ learning experience, off-campus internship and learning difficulties. Finally, the suggestions of this program are provided for future study. 33 third graders with the profession of food and beverage management from Indonesia were joined in this program from 2018. This program combines practical training, language learning and off-campus internship. To understand students’ learning experiences and difficulties, this study is conducted with qualitative method, using open-ended questionnaires, nonparticipant observation, and unstructured interviews to examine students’ feedback related to the learning experiences and difficulties.
This study shows the findings from life adjustment, curriculum design and so on. Students’ language ability is improved fast on campus when involved in this program. However, the curriculum design is the main issue. The teachers need to balance the practical training and theory teaching. Also, the teachers need to find the balance between in-campus courses and off-campus internship so that students can learn practical skills and workplace experience. Based on the above feedbacks, we need to improve globalization on campus, helping the students involved in the learning environment so that we can create an international-based campus.

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Peishi Weng, Taipei University of Marine Technology, Taiwan

Paper Information
Conference: SEACE2021
Stream: Learning Experiences

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