The Asian Student Exchange Program (ASEP) in Taiwan: Observations and Prospects for Further Multinational Collaborations
Despite China's political efforts to isolate Taiwan from the international community, Taiwan has won praise and attention for its thriving democracy, successful National Health Insurance system, and recent success in managing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within the country. A particular area that deserves much attention is Taiwan's Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) infrastructure and services. The country's fast and reliable Internet services, high student to computer ratio and household to smart mobile device ratio, and the institutionalization of a comprehensive national information technology infrastructure have accelerated the vibrant ICT culture that characterizes Taiwanese society. Education in Taiwan continues to benefit from many technological developments. Specifically, Project-based Learning and Problem-based Learning are learner-centered methods popularly integrated with ICT that challenge Taiwan's traditional Confucian pedagogical approaches. This paper discusses the characteristics and successful practices related to an educational initiative called the Asian Student Exchange Program (ASEP), which arguably adheres to the principles and philosophy of PBL. ASEP provides a model program for collaborative cross-cultural exchanges among Taiwanese and other Asian students that can be initiated and promoted to different student populations worldwide.
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