NTU launches summer mentorship program
By Liu Tzu-hsuan / Editor, with CNA
National Taiwan University (NTU) has launched a mentorship program for international graduate students, with 170 vacancies open for a summer internship program this year.
NTU President Kuan Chun-ming (管中閔) said about 3,000 international students study at the university, but sometimes find it difficult for them to stay in Taiwan to work after graduation. due to regulatory constraints.
The school is “therefore launching this tailor-made mentorship-style internship program for international students at NTU,” the program’s website says.
The university hopes to “provide students with the opportunity to put their theoretical learning into practice [and] at the same time, inspiring students with new perspectives on life and career,” he says.
The school’s Office of International Affairs said it invited “senior management from government agencies, foreign organizations, corporations, start-ups, [trade] chambers, research institutes and non-profit organizations to serve as mentors for international students,” the website states.
During the program, experienced mentors would impart their expertise to participating students, allowing them to make a smooth transition to the job market in Taiwan or their home countries, Kuan said.
NTU Vice President for International Affairs Yuan Hsiao-wei (袁孝維) said Wednesday that the program will be the country’s first bespoke mentorship program for international students.
Automaker Porsche and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co are among more than 70 institutions to join this year, she said.
Students applying to the program can rank their preferred institutions by whether positions are paid or accommodation is included, she said.
The International Affairs Office would select applicants based on the documents they submit and their performance in interviews.
The program will then be expanded to allow Taiwanese students taking a number of English courses to apply, she added.
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