Attractive Environment for Overseas Students
Kinmen is a simple island with friendly and hospitable residents. The public safety satisfaction ratings from a Taiwanese Central Government Evaluation in 2011 were as high as 93%, and for many years Kinmen ranked as the happiest city in the "Happy City Survey".
The NQU offers an environment conducive to learning for students from all backgrounds. Currently, 90% of the students come from outside of Kinmen. From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, a large number of Kinmen's residents migrated overseas. The NQU's connections with these Overseas Chinese attracted a sizable number of students from Southeast Asia to study here.
In addition, Xiamen is only a 30-minute flight away with the Three Mini Links. This close proximity with Mainland made the NQU a top choice for Chinese students. Currently, there are 153 overseas students on campus from Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and even from as far away as Argentina or Papua New Guinea.
Students from different countries brought their unique perspectives and customs with them, forming a global village right here on campus. Because of this, our students have long developed a respect for diverse cultures. To help overseas students adjust to life in Kinmen the NQU often organizes events for them. With the help of local volunteer moms, students are able to experience Kinmen culture through everyday activities such as making rice dumplings, cooking rice balls, and making red turtle cakes.
Overseas students enjoy the same benefits as regular Kinmen residents. Once enrolled, the student's ID card acts as the resident ID and they can immediately enjoy the same perks and benefits as Kinmen residents, such as free bus rides, NT$4,000 transportation and book subsidy, and also tuition assistance. No matter where they come from, Kinmen considers all students as residents and thus ought to be taken care of.
Worldwide Intercollegiate Partnerships
Kinmen has natural geographical advantages. The NQU fully leveraged this advantage and built a collaboration network with schools worldwide. The NQU also uses this advantage to engage students to think globally and act locally.
The NQU currently offers exchange opportunities to The United States, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, Germany, Russia, Korea, Hungary, Indonesia, Vietnam, Spain, Slovakia, and other countries. Students in their Sophomore and Junior years are encouraged to apply. Compared with other universities of similar size, the NQU offers greater opportunities for students interested in exchange programs.
For those wishing to join a Mainland exchange program, Xiamen is only 30 minutes away by plane, and from there it is easy to travel to other parts of China. In addition, mutual exchange programs with Xiamen University, there are other available choices with inland cities such as Nanjing University, Sichuan University, Chongqing University, Jilin University, Lanzhou University, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing University of Political Science and Law, Beijing University of Sports, (Shanghai) Donghua University, China University of Petroleum (East China), etc., all of which are key universities in the 985 Project and 211 Project.
The NQU also features a domestic exchange program with other universities in Taiwan. Through "Island Hopping" exchange program, students can choose from up to 20 top universities located on main Taiwan island to exchange to including: National Tsing Hua University, National Taiwan Normal University, National Chiao Tung University, National Cheng Kung University, National Chung Cheng University, National Sun Yat-sen University, National Taiwan Sport University, National Taiwan University of Sports, National Chi-nan University, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, National Chung Hsing University, and National Taiwan University of Arts. The program length varies from one semester to one year, and is a good opportunity to experience different academic styles.