Singapore University of Social Sciences

Overseas Study Mission (Taiwan)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Schemes: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: To be confirmed


Taiwan shares similar traits with Singapore. As one of the Four Asian Tigers, as with Singapore, Taiwan rose to become the advanced, high-income economy that we know today, through exceptional high economic growth from the early 1960s. In a socio-demographic backdrop of a predominantly ethnic Chinese population anchored by rather conservative Asian values, the Taiwanese have widely been known to possess a sense of belonging and a strong community spirit, with remarkable headway in social welfare and social development. Through this overseas study mission, we seek to expose students to social work development in the Taiwanese context, amidst challenges similar faced by Singapore, such as a greying population, stagnating wage rates and a slowing down of the “miracle growth” of the 1970s and 1980s, and rising income inequality. Students will also be able to learn about best practices in programme implementation and design, training and professional development through visits to social work organisations, NGOs and various welfare and foundations, and through purposeful dialogues and interaction with professional social workers, counterparts in training, and the various community stakeholders.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Contemporary geopolitical, social and socio-economic issues pertaining to Taiwan’s development
  • The social and welfare support for social work sectors such as in Youth, Elderly and Disability
  • Social innovation and social enterprises in Taiwan
  • Social and demographic studies of Taiwan

Learning Outcome

  • Study and examine the key drivers behind the social and socio-economic development policies in Taiwan.
  • Compare systems of social welfare and social work support network between Singapore and Taiwan through dialogues with the various stakeholders
  • Analyse models of social development in Taiwan in the respective social work sectors.
  • Discuss the role of social enterprises and grassroots organisations in economic and social development
  • Acquire insights and perspectives to the rich culture and history of the place and people.
  • Develop stronger interpersonal and communication skills and cross-cultural competencies through collaboration with Taiwanese youth counterparts and professional social workers.
  • Develop critical analysis and comparative proficiencies through critical discussions and comparative reviews of social systems and models
  • Cultivate greater sensitivities, understanding and appreciation of the Taiwanese culture.
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