2 students from Nagaland receive scholarship from Taiwan govt

Guwahati, June 9 (Morung Express News): Two students from Nagaland have been selected for the 2024 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from Taiwan's Ministry of Education.

The duo, Teisovinuo Pienyu and Vimenuo Lhoungu from the Angami community, will go to Taiwan for study trips of 3 months and 9 months, respectively, as part of the scholarship. 

They started their Mandarin learning journey in January 2024 at the Taiwan Education Centre, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) and sat for the standardised Mandarin Proficiency Test – TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language), receiving their certificate of Band Novice level from Taiwan's Ministry of Education. This made them qualified candidates for the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, informed by a press release from Kuei-Mi LI, the teacher in-charge at ADBU's Taiwan Education Centre.

To encourage Indian students to learn Taiwan's language and culture, and to boost mutual understanding and interactions between the two countries, the Taiwan government provides the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, among others, to Indian learners annually, it said. 

As per the release, the scholarship awardees will receive a monthly stipend of 25,000 NTD (New Taiwan Dollar) or approximately Rs. 65,447 for their stay in Taiwan. 

With the recommendation of their Mandarin teacher Kuei-Mi LI, Pienyu and Lhoungu, along with their two Assamese classmates from ADBU's Mandarin class, all received the prestigious scholarship, it added.

Reflecting on her Mandarin learning journey, the release quoted Pienyu as saying that she was grateful that her friend Lhoungu, an ADBU alumna, who made her aware that "Mandarin opens up a whole new world of possibilities."

"From connecting with people across Taiwan, China, and beyond, learning Mandarin offers a gateway to endless opportunities. Whether it's for career advancement, personal growth, or simply enriching my life with new experiences," she added.

She further informed that due to her Mandarin proficiency, she has already secured a job with a Hong Kong-based company, showcasing the real-world value of language proficiency.

It must be noted here that another alumna from the centre, Arentsungla Kichu recently got hired by Taiwan-based Company Foxconn.

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