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Taiwan University Student Experiences and Perceptions on What It Means to be “Global”: Stories from “Less Funded” Students

Yvonne Y. F. Liu 1 and Gary L. Vore Jr. 2
1. Center of Teacher Education, Minghsin University of Science & Technology, Hsinchu, Taiwan
2. Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Nanhua University, Chiayi, Taiwan
Abstract—This research aims to understand what students from a less-funded university in Taiwan consider to be “global” and how these same students reflect on their lack of travel overseas, lack of foreign nationals as friends, and inability to seek a work or study experience overseas. Data was collected from a single university in northern Taiwan and the survey instrument used was a questionnaire, which focuses on student explanation of “why” they feel less “global” than their peers. While students expressed high motivational desire to travel abroad, have foreign friends, and have the experience to participate in an overseas work/study program, they had little financial support or confidence in their abilities to do so. In addition, these students remarked on the lack of available information and understanding about overseas work/study programs. Further support from teachers is necessary for guidance purposes. Further financial support for less fortunate students is also needed.

Index Terms—global view, university students, social capital, Taiwan

Cite: Yvonne Y. F. Liu and Gary L. Vore Jr., "Taiwan University Student Experiences and Perceptions on What It Means to be “Global”: Stories from “Less Funded” Students," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 94-97, December 2015. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.1.2.94-97
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