A group of 12 students visited Vietnam for two weeks. Photo: news.immigration.gov.tw

In response to Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, a dozen high-school students in the city of Kaohsiung were selected for a two-week cultural trip to Vietnam, where they were given exchange opportunities with Taiwanese companies in that Southeast Asian country.

A group of 12 students headed to Vinh Phuc province, northwest of Hanoi, between July 29 and August 11 to visit Taiwanese-based companies during an exchange trip organized by the Education Bureau of the Kaohsiung city government, The United Daily News reported.

The bureau said it had targeted students at vocational high schools who have a new immigrant background as they would be more interested in working overseas.

The 12 students were from six schools – Kaohsiung Municipal Chung-Cheng Industrial High School, Kaohsiung Municipal Haiching Vocational High School of Technology and Commerce, Kushan Senior High School, Kaohsiung Commercial High School, Kaohsiung Municipal Lujhu Senior High School, and San Sin High School of Commerce and Home Economics.

These students are expected to be given apprenticeship opportunities upon graduation.