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Taiwan ICDF scholarship: a window of opportunities

Feb 25, 2011, 11:50 AM

The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF) higher education scholarship programmes for 2011 have just been launched. Citizens from ally nations, including The Gambia, are eligible to apply for a complete scholarship.

This year, the scholarships provided cover bachelor's degree programmes for four years, master's degree programmes for two years and doctorate degree for three years.

With this, Taiwan has once again extended its generosity to the Gambian people, by offering numerous full scholarships to Gambians.

This is once more another window of opportunity for Gambians interested in furthering their studies in Taiwan in the undergraduate, master's and doctorate degree programmes.

We firmly believe that the best way to help a developing nation like The Gambia is through educating its citizens in advanced universities.

Just as the old adage has it, before you keep on giving someone fish to eat everyday, why can't you teach him or her how to catch fish. And, in our view, this is what Taiwan is doing for The Gambia.

The Gambia needs more graduates in tropical agriculture, clinical medicine, mechanical engineering, business administration, marine sciences and resource management, technology management, among others, and these are some of the courses available for grabs this year.

The scholarship package, as usual, would include airfares to and from Taiwan, housing, tuition fees, insurance, book costs, credit fee and allowances. This offer is exceptional and, indeed, a good window of opportunity that one should grab.

Over the years, the Republic of China on Taiwan has always placed international human resources development high on its agenda. Human resources development is, no doubt, one way through which Taiwan has used over the years to contribute to the sustainable development of her ally nations, including The Gambia.

Established in 1996, the Taiwan ICDF's mission was designed to work for humanity, sustainable development and the economic progress of, in particular, nations around the world.

The fund is active in sharing Taiwan’s advantages and core strengths through a wide range of international development and cooperation projects that they cover around the globe.

Fully aware of the fact that one way of developing the human resource base of developing countries is through training, the ICDF continues to give prominence to education among its activities.

Currently, there are several Gambian students pursuing various degree programmes in various universities in Taiwan, most of them on ICDF scholarships.

We encourage more Gambians to try their luck as another window of opportunity is up for grabs.