Source: Office of International Affairs of NCHU
The Covid-19 pandemic has swept across the globe and people in Taiwan have been working hard to protect the vulnerable while keeping the economy moving. International students, who left their homes to study at NCHU, are part of that effort and have faced many challenges. This is the story of three such young people who have bravely overcome difficulties while making important contributions to Taiwan.
Dang Luu Kim Ngoc, a Vietnamese student majoring in Chinese Literature at NCHU, lost her parents to COVID-19, meanwhile, undergoing financial pressure. Thanks to the emergency allowance kindly gifted by the university, she was able to overcome the rough patch life has given her.
Gilmour T. Valdez, a Philippine student studying Animal Science at NCHU, experienced extreme helplessness when knowing his wife and daughter had both caught COVID-19 far in his hometown. If it had not been the timely assistance from the university and his supervisor as well as real-time information updated by Office of International Affairs, he couldn’t have built resilience during the hard time.
Widya Satya Nugraha, an Applied Economics major from Indonesia, bought time from the lockdown period, engrossed himself in his research; three of his papers were published in international journals during this time. He felt a great sense of security among the pandemic outbreak so that he decided to stay at NCHU regardless of receiving Ph.D. offers overseas.
The stories of three international students from Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia are told in this short documentary titled “NCHU Coping with COVID-19: True Stories from International Students” including in-person interviews and moving experiences. This film presents a range of foreign students’ experiences that make Taiwan the diverse and multicultural beautiful island it is.
Currently, NCHU has over 800 international students who contribute to a rich environment and receive support from the university through LINE news updates, psychotherapy services and funding, and travel entry procedure assistance.
To view this interesting and moving film, please visit our official website, (https://oia.nchu.edu.tw/), Facebook fan page, and YouTube channel.
Video link: https://reurl.cc/1Z9V0W