TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kelvin Lye Kwong Loong is from Malaysia and currently studying and working as teaching assistant at the AACSB-accredited Institute of International Management (IMBA) at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan.
Unlike most Malaysian Chinese students who were enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programs taught in Chinese, Kelvin studying English-taught IMBA program at NCKU. “This is a unique experience.” said Kelvin who is a doctorial candidate after having completed the two-year IMBA program at NCKU.
“I think that my experience at NCKU can be summed up in two words, diversity and dynamism.” according to Kelvin adding that based on Taiwan’s aggressive approach in internationalizing her own tertiary education system, foreign students from literally all over the world can be found in this Asian island of treasure.
He regarded the establishment and growth of NCKU IMBA as a clear evidence of this approach, where students from over 30 nations are currently pursuing Master’s degree or PhD degree under one roof at this department.
Having the opportunity to mix around with people from North, South and Central America as well as various parts of Asia, primarily Southeast Asia, was something Kelvin would cherish in his entire life. “I remembered my thesis advisor told me that he has never seen such a diverse group of students studying together; not even when he was studying in USA.”
It was due to this so-called “diversity” that exchanging ideas on any topic among students became a daily norm at NCKU IMBA, which usually happens over meals, during classes or even while chilling at the 7-11 store near the university.
He revealed that international students seemed to establish friendships and bonds among themselves more easily as they share the same experience of studying in Taiwan. “You will see us organizing events together, enjoying together and also helping each other in difficult times.”
Kelvin referred “dynamism” to the openness in improving teaching and learning approaches in Taiwan. According to him, professors at NCKU IMBA have presented refreshing approaches in communicating ideas to students.
When being asked about his advice for Malaysian students pursuing their tertiary education at NCKU, Kelvin said, “Have an open mind, be brave and tough and make full use of your time in Taiwan.”