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More foreign interns wanted: gov't

The Cabinet passed a draft bill Thursday that paves a path for not just foreign students but also fresh overseas graduates to take up internships in Taiwan.

The bill requires legislative approval to come into effect.

Internships: Not Just for Students

Lin Chih-mei (林至美), the director of the human resource department at the National Development Council (NDC, 國發會), said on Thursday that Taiwan has had approximately 2,300 foreign students interning at large enterprises since 2004.

If passed, the bill pave the way for new university graduates who wish to intern in Taiwan, she said.

The bill eases the qualification criteria for foreign applicants to internships at Taiwanese enterprises to those who are within two years of graduation from select universities approved by the Ministry of Education.

Several hundred foreign graduates are expected to enroll in internship programs under the Cabinet's program in the first year after the bill is implemented.

More Opportunities for Fresh Graduates

The Cabinet on Thursday passed a raft of other measures to ease current requirements for foreigners who want to work in Taiwan.

Under the proposed changes, fresh foreign graduates will have more opportunities to take not only jobs but internships in Taiwan.

Current labor requirements specify that white-collar foreign workers must have at least two years' working experience overseas. If approved, the bill would exempt fresh graduates from the current requirements provided that they meet other requirements established by the Ministry of Education.

For instance, fresh graduates would be eligible to work if they graduated from one of the world's top 500 universities, Lin said.

On Foreign Teachers

The bill grants pension rights to foreign teachers who teach at public schools and have obtained permanent residency in Taiwan.

The competent authority for foreign public school teachers will no longer be the Ministry of Labor but the Education Ministry.

Therefore, foreign teachers will no longer apply for job permits from the Ministry of Labor once the bill passes the Legislature.

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