Kiribati students graduate from Taiwan Institutions

A Special Report from the Kiribati Embassy in Taiwan

It is a success story for four students studying in various institutions in Taiwan after graduating from their respective programme of studies last month.

Kiribati’s Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan), Her Excellency Teekoa Iuta said the four students sponsored by the Government of Taiwan have put their scholarships to great use and have demonstrated this by completing the requirements of their respective programme of studies.

“There are more than 30 students currently undertaking studies in Taiwan doing different programmes and in different institutions.” Ambassador Iuta said.

Iuta added that the Kiribati students are undertaking different programmes ranging from Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctorate studies.

Ambassador Iuta was Guest Speaker at one of the graduation ceremonies where she had the opportunity to thank the Taiwan government for providing an opportunity for the people of Kiribati to undertake academic studies.

“I bring to you the gratitude of the people and the government of my country for providing the opportunity to build the capacity of our young people who I am confident will return and contribute to the nation-building of Kiribati.” Iuta remarked at the Tamkang University Graduation ceremony held last month.

The four students who have graduated are as follows:

  1. BinarakeTebamuri  –   Masters in Electrical Power Engineering (Sun Yat-sen University)
  2. Helen Murdoch      –    Masters in Nursing Science (National Taipei University of Nursing                                        & Health Sciences)
  3. Bernard Murdoch –     International MBA (Chung Yuan Christian University)
  4. TebaibureTiemti –       Bachelors Degree International Business (Tamkang Universty)

The intake for this year’s scholarship for studies in Taiwan increased to more than 10 students compared to previous years which were less than 10 students.

Successful applicants for this year’s scholarship intake will be announced by the Taiwan Embassy in Kiribati later this month upon which students are expected to commence studies in August.

Kiribati and Taiwan enjoy a diplomatic friendship that is just over a decade. Apart from its scholarship schemes offered through the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Taiwan International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF), Taiwan also assists Kiribati in areas of agriculture, aquaculture, health and economic and social development.