Studying in Taiwan is one thing, but what about after you get your degree? Young Post asked Hok Yau Club Student Guidance Centre director Ng Po-shing for his insight on how to avoid any potential issues you might encounter with your qualification, and for Hong Kong employers to share how they view graduates with Taiwanese qualifications.
Ng recommends checking if your preferred course in Taiwan is recognised by the Hong Kong government, or any local or international professional licensing bodies. For instance, if you have completed a medical degree overseas and want to work as a registered doctor in the city, you are required to sit the Licensing Examination organised by the Medical Council of Hong Kong. But the exam is not easy. From 2011 to 2015, only 211 of the 545 doctors from other countries passed the exam’s clinical knowledge section. This part must be passed within five years of graduating, along with a professional knowledge section and a proficiency test in medical English.
For a lot of jobs in Hong Kong, graduates need to submit their qualifications for assessment by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications. But Ng stresses that accreditation depends on the course content and your academic achievements.
“If you’ve graduated from a top Taiwanese university with a low score, the council might not accredit your qualifications,” says Ng.
An MTR Corporation spokesman told Young Post that the graduates from Taiwanese universities would be assessed equally with all other graduates. They placed great emphasis on “objective assessment criteria” in the job selection processes.
“Suitability of job candidates will take into consideration a number of factors, including academic qualifications, work experience (if applicable), job-related knowledge and skill set, competencies and performance during the selection process,” the spokesman said.
Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School principal Lau Chi-yuen told Young Post that choosing the right candidate for a teaching position was done based on their abilities.
“If a graduate from a Taiwanese university applied for a teaching position, they need to have their education qualification accredited. Generally, we prefer candidates from local universities. But our school used to employ two teachers graduated from the National Taiwan Normal University. They taught Chinese Language and Putonghua, and their teaching performance was good,” he said.
Conservancy Association chief executive Ken So Kwok-yin welcomed graduates from Taiwanese universities. “But we need to make sure if the candidates’ universities are internationally recognised. We’ll also find out if they’ve completed the whole programme or simply ‘bought’ the certificate,” he said.
So added that some graduates from Taiwan had been very successful in the landscape, forestry and agricultural sectors because many professional courses related to this field were offered on the island.