The Min-Hwei College of Health Care Management in Tainan, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A private medical and health sciences institution in southern Taiwan has been granted permission from the Ministry of Education to offer a new post-secondary school program to students from Southeast Asia to become professional caregivers on the island after graduation.

Yeh Chih-Cheng, the headmaster of Min-Hwei College of Health Care Management, told the United Daily News his institution was looking for 40 students from the region who have completed their senior secondary education to take part in a new two-year full-time program in long-term care and health promotion.

The program, which will waive tuition and hostel fees in the first semester for all students, would combine months of study with hours of clinical experience at the Guan-Tian elderly retirement home, where student caregivers would also receive salaries

At present, there are more than 260,000 foreign caregivers in Taiwan, of which 180,000 are Indonesians. This implies that there is a high demand for Indonesian health professionals in the country.

Yeh believed the program would be attractive to Indonesians as graduates would be eligible to work and not need to pay an employment agency to get job referrals.

Meanwhile, three private education institutions – the Cardinal Tien College of Healthcare and Management in New Taipei, the Hsin Sheng College of Medical Care and Management in Taoyuan City and the Jen-Teh Junior College of Medicine, Nursing and Management in Miaoli, have also been approved by the Ministry of Education to launch new caregiver programs for nationals from Southeast Asia countries.

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