Study Motivation in the Academic-Industrial Program of Southeast Asian Students in Taiwan

Abstract

Since 2016’s “New Southbound Policy” 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 percent in just five years. How to attract students to study in Taiwan would be the main issue. Thus, the purpose of this study is to investigate students’ study motivation. Finally, the suggestions of this program are provided for future study. 31 freshmen with the profession of food and beverage management from Philippines were joined in this program in 2021. This program is a four-year program combining practical training, language learning and off-campus internship. This study is conducted with qualitative method, using interviews to examine students’ feedback and suggestions. This study shows the following findings and suggestions. First, the motivation to join this program included: working opportunities, lower admissions requirements and friendly environment. Second, it is easy to improve their Chinese language ability during the Chinese classes. However, there are still some suggestions left. First, because of COVID-19, it is not easy to come to Taiwan. There are some students delaying their schedule so that they need to use distant learning. Second, not all of the teachers use English tin class. Thus, it is not easy to understand the content. Based on the above suggestions, it is necessary to suggest teachers to use bilinguals in class. In addition, for distant learning, we need to provide different ways to keep the teaching quality, helping



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Peishi Weng, Taipei University of Marine Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ERI2022
Stream: International Education

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