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Taiwan’s schools to offer courses in Southeast Asian languages

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Ministry of Education has planned to officially launch courses in Southeast Asian languages at elementary and junior high schools in 2018, but trial courses were first introduced in the autumn semester this year during which new textbooks were to be put to test. With the goal of encouraging multifaceted development and promoting cultural diversity, the MOE has listed several Southeast Asian languages as part of the language courses in the elementary and junior high school curricula, said the MOE in a statement.

100 trained Indonesian nurses due in Taiwan in early 2018

A hundred trained nurses from Indonesia are due to arrive in Taiwan early next year – the first time the Southeast Asian country will send medical professionals to work in the island state. On October 12, the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers and an undisclosed human resources firm hired by Taiwan's Workforce Development Agency signed a cooperation agreement, the Central News Agency reported on the weekend.

New scholarship program for children of Thai workers in Taiwan

Taiwan has launched a new scholarship program that prioritizes higher education for children of Thai citizens working in Taiwan and also for disadvantaged families, according to Taiwan’s representative office in Thailand. Three scholarships will be available per year. Applications can be submitted starting on September. To be eligible, applicants must be studying graduate programs in Taiwan, the office said.

Indonesian worker to serve 15-year jail sentence for manslaughter charges

An Indonesian worker received a 15-year prison sentence for a manslaughter conviction handed down by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court yesterday confirmed the previous ruling by the Hsinchu District Court and Taiwan High court of 15 years in jail for a migrant worker, named Indayani, for an incident which occurred in May 2015.

Taiwan, Philippines reach consensus on labor issues

The meeting was headed by Taiwan's Minister of Labor Lin Mei-chu (林美珠) and Philippine Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre H. Bello III, the MOL said in a statement.

Taiwanese employers to pay placement costs for Indonesian migrant workers

Indonesian migrant workers coming to Taiwan may no longer need to foot the bill for contracts and agency fees in the future, said an Indonesian official yesterday. According to Nurson Wahid, head of the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Workers (BNP2TKI), they are working to guarantee zero costs for those who are going to Taiwan for work.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 70 percent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics released Saturday. Over 3,000 people were naturalized as R.O.C. citizens in 2016, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) disclosed Saturday. Most were women: 93.8 percent of the newly naturalized citizens last year were female and 90.74 percent had obtained citizenship through marriage.

More Taiwan companies using direct hiring system of OFWs

The Philippine labor representative offices in Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung in Taiwan are set to conduct in the first quarter this year marketing missions in the country to entice more Taiwan companies to use the special hiring program for Taiwan (SHPT) under the International Direct E-Recruitment System (T-IDES).

The T-IDES is a web-based system for directly hiring foreign workers, including OFWs. The scheme is aimed to streamline the hiring process of OFWs bound for Taiwan; make the

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