In cooperation with the Taiwanese Ministry of Education, the Entrepreneurial School® awards the Taiwan Studies Project Scholarship for the first time
The Taiwanese Ministry of Education and MCI Management Center Innsbruck provide Carmen Kostenzer and Bettina Dunkler with funding for their studies abroad in Taiwan: the students are the winners of the Taiwan Studies Project Scholarship awarded by the Entrepreneurial School® for the first time this year.
Carmen Kostenzer, student of the Bachelor’s Degree program in Business & Management, which is taught in English, plans to spend her international semester at Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology. The student, from Maurach, Tyrol with a broad range of interests will use her stay in Taiwan to narrow down the topic of her final paper. Bettina Dunkler, from Vienna, a student of the Bachelor’s Degree program in Nonprofit, Social & Health Care Management program, intends to devote her thesis to questions of human rights currently faced by both Austria and Taiwan. Her international semester at I-Shou University, starting in fall 2018, will be perfectly suited to conduct on-site research and examine respective documents.
International studies at MCI
MCI is one of the most international institutions of higher education in Europe. This is shown not only by our international faculty and students from 50 different nations, but also by the fact that English is our second language of instruction and that numerous study programs are entirely held in English. 250 partner institutions across the globe enable MCI students to participate in summer schools, complete an integral semester abroad, acquire additional qualifications, and gain intercultural experience.The Entrepreneurial School® has a strong focus on strengthening its ties to excellent higher education institutions in Taiwan. As a highly industrialized, dynamic, as well as scientifically and technologically enthralling country, Taiwan is of particular interest to MCI. At present, we hold active partnership agreements with eleven Taiwanese universities.
Taiwan Studies Project Scholarship
An important component of the cooperation with Taiwan is formed by the Taiwan Studies Project Scholarship. It was only last year that MCI successfully applied for the project which entails scholarships funded by the Taiwanese Ministry of Education. Applicants for the scholarship have to face a multi-stage selection process and meet strict criteria: applications are accepted from students with an exceptional grade point average only and, in addition, their academic thesis exposé must bear a relation to the Taiwanese economy or society. To make sure the scholarship holders are well prepared, they attend a preparatory course at MCI.
Matthias Sparber, coordinator of the Taiwan Studies Project Scholarship at MCI, is delighted: “For many years, MCI has maintained intense contact with representatives of the Taiwanese academic landscape. The scholarship awarded as part of the Taiwan Studies Project forms the next big step in the expansion of our network and represents an important distinction for our students.”
Taiwan is the ideal place for Austrian students who wish to discover the secrets and culture of East Asia, as well as to gain knowledge, experience and a network for their own future careers. Carmen Kostenzer can only agree: “I have been a fan of Asia for a long time and have visited several Asian countries before, yet, I have never been to the island of Taiwan in East Asia. The upcoming semester abroad now gives me the opportunity to spend several months in Taiwan and explore its growing economy as well as its business life and diverse culture. The Taiwan Studies Project Scholarship provides me with the necessary financial support to realize this stay abroad.”