Transnational activities in Taiwanese higher education are present in three areas: study abroad, twinning programs, and online learning. Taiwan has traditionally been a major sending country for students studying abroad, especially to the U.S.A. until recent years, and receives a disproportionately small number of students from other countries. Realizing the importance of internationalising the country's higher education, the government has launched initiatives aiming to attract more foreign students to the country and to encourage colleges and universities to set up twinning programs with foreign universities. Collaborations via online learning programs, however, have not received as much policy limelight. This paper also talks about the issue of branch campus, though it has yet to appear in the country, contrary to popular belief in regard to Taiwan's 2001 WTO accession. The paper first lays out the context of Taiwan's higher education pertaining to transnational activities. A brief review of policies and regulations with regard to the country's transnational higher education follows. The current situation, as well as issues in study abroad, foreign students, twinning and online programs, and branch campuses are portrayed followed by the influences and problems of these activities, and a conclusion.
Transnational higher education in Asia and the Pacific Region, pp.151-169