The Elite Study in Taiwan Project (ESIT) is commissioned by the Ministry of Education. Since established in 2008, ESIT has provided necessary services for the higher education cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast and East Asian countries, as well as creating new opportunities. ESIT has brought together 87 of Taiwan's universities and colleges to form the ESIT Consortium, members of which will offer English-language master's and doctorate programs in various fields. Part of its role will be to provide a bridge between the students of Southeast Asian countries and the ESIT Consortium schools and allow more students who hope to come to Taiwan to study to learn more about Taiwan's high quality higher education system and assist the Consortium schools promote the their programs.
In order to promote higher education cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries and further the objective of training international professionals, the ESIT has created a program for mutual development for Southeast Asia. For instance, under the agreement with Vietnam there are currently four major programs aimed at training professionals. Of these in the north of Vietnam there is the VEST 500; in the central Danang area there is a program aimed at selecting certain candidates for study abroad; in the far south there is the Mekong 1000 Project. There is also a program designed to assist the Indonesian Government with public funded students who will be sent to Taiwan for education purposes as well as a project aimed at assisting the Aceh Provincial government with training professionals. Furthermore, Taiwan and Thailand have the Elite 600 Project; and in addition to these the ESIT is also currently moving forward with other areas of cooperation with Southeast Asian countries.
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