International Business Administration Program (IBAP)
The curriculum combining business courses and a foreign language is designed to train professionals seeking a career in the field of international trade to be able to work independently abroad. The students of the program must be an ROC citizen and a university graduate. All the candidates who want to join the IBAP program need to pass the entrance examination held in March. Currently there are five full-time courses in the program. Three are comprehensive, two-year programs: Double Major, Japanese Major, and European-Asian Language Major. Two are intensive one-year programs: Business Major and English Major.
Two year English Major
With over 170 students, this is the principal program for ITI students. The first six months focus on language competence and provide an introduction to business. Students receive around 18~20 hours a week of core English: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Around 9 hours a week of business courses include elementary economics, accounting, and law.
After fundamental theories and practices are covered, the emphasis shifts to trade with specialized units in international trade, trade law, marketing, finance, management, and case studies. While the trade course load increases to 12-18 hours a week, the English course load drops to around 16 hours a week. Highlighting business communication and cultural interaction, the language program includes such subjects as Presentations, Meetings, Negotiations, Business Correspondence, Cross-cultural Awareness, and Current Issues.
At the start of the penultimate term students will have finished their 660 hours of trade courses and the importance shifts back to language and preparation for the students' overseas internships.
An overseas training and internship program during the last term gives students an opportunity to perfect their language and business skills in an English-speaking country. Lasting eight weeks, these internships allow students to live with a host family, work in a Western company, and gain firsthand knowledge of the customs and cultures of countries such as Ireland, Australia, Malta and the United States.
European-Asian Language Major
Though the smallest major, averaging about 36 students a year, the European and Asian Language Program provides some of the biggest opportunities. Students spend their first year in core English classes - about 9 hours a week - and complete a full 500-hour curriculum of trade courses. The second year is spent in a European or Asian country, mastering the target language.
This two-year program concentrates on Japanese language and culture. In addition to 650 hours of trade courses, these 96 students receive 22 hours of Japanese a week and about 4 hours of English. During the 7th term students go to Japan for a 4~6 week internship in either Yokohama , Fukuoka or Tokyo metro areas.
Established in June 2000, this one-year program is designed for those with superior English skills who want to focus on business. While core language skills are covered, the stress is on business English. Along with around 12-14 hours of language a week, students receive a total of 550 hours of trade courses. About 36 students are in this program.
Started in June 2001, this one-year program is for students who wish to strengthen their English skills. The curriculum calls for over 20 hours of English a week. The first two terms involve fundamental English - reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and listening - while the final two terms consist solely of high level business English. The students also receive 400 hours of trade courses during their time at ITI
Features of the IBAP Curriculum
A school year at ITI is divided into four terms, with each one lasting approximately 12 weeks. The institute is run like a boarding school with students’ meals and accommodation being taken care of.
Language courses featuring practicality and well-balanced four skills---listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all conducted in classes of 10~13 students each. Courses with a particular business skills focus include English for Presentations, English for Meetings, English for Negotiations, Telephoning, Cultural Awareness, Exhibitions English, Business Correspondence, among others.
In order to equip students with the skills required for jobs in international trade, subjects such as International Trade, International Marketing, Business Administration, Finance, Proposal Writing, Case Studies etc., on top of fundamental courses --- Economics and Accounting, are all studied.
Students are encouraged to communicate in their target language outside the classroom. Broadcasts from the BBC, CNN, NHK etc. are frequently heard across the campus.
Part of the curriculum for the two-year English and two-year Japanese programs is overseas internship for 4~8 weeks. The purpose of such an arrangement is to let students familiarize themselves with the business culture of the country they go to as well as to polish their language skills. While abroad, students are placed in enterprises for internship with some company visits and cultural visits being integrated into the program to enrich their personal experience.
Languages other than English and Japanese are taught abroad
Of the 11 foreign languages offered at ITI, the training of German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Korean is delivered primarily in the countries where the language is the mother tongue, while 200 hours of survival language are taught on campus before they go abroad.
Outstanding result of language teaching
The average TOEIC score of Two-year English Major students prior to graduation is 880-900 out of 990 marks, an impressive improvement from their average score of 730-750 when entering the program. For Japanese-major students, 77% of them pass the Interchange Association Japan’s top level Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Again, an astonishing accomplishment when compared with the average of 30.4% observed in other countries other than Japan.
Commercial acumen alone does not guarantee success in the business world. At ITI, golf, ballroom dancing, and international business etiquette are also proffered to better equip students as savvy professionals doing business with an international clientele.
ITI-Taipei has a wide range of options to meet the diverse needs of the Taiwan business community. The International Trade Program is a full-time program - which is a condensed version of the two year ITI - Hsinchu program. The following part-time programs, which are available in the evening, include international marketing and business English courses: The Post-Master's International Marketing Program and the Post-Master's Business English Program. These programs last for six months and begin in January and July of each year. In addition, ITI - Taipei offers a range of short courses in business English and international trade.
International Trade Program:
Supplying an even balance of English language and trade courses, this full-time, six-month program is available to those who have or are receiving their bachelors. The program offers 300 hours of business practices, and 400 hours of business English. Tuition: NT$120,000.
International Marketing Program:
Focusing on international trade and marketing, this part-time program runs for six months. About 40 students undergo a rigorous regiment with 210 hours of courses related to trade and marketing. Tuition: NT$50,000.
A large variety of trade-related courses, with durations of 6 to 36 hours, are taught under the auspices of ITI - Taipei. Offered in Chinese, over 22 different special trade topics are covered, including international trade, transit trade, international marketing, trade show marketing, international business negotiations, financial management, letters of credit, brand marketing, and English contract law. In addition to these courses, ITI also offers 36 hours of special language courses, including Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Thai language. A complete fee schedule is available upon request.
New Southbound Talent Training Program:
The New Southbound Talent Training Program aims to cultivate the understanding of the ASEAN and the South Asia market. With the 90 and 24 hours of training, it covers topics in International Trade, Marketing, e-Commerce, Culture, Local Market Introduction, and language courses in English, and a choice of Vietnamese, Indonesian or Thai.
The academic year of ITI-Hsinchu 、 Taichung & Kaohsiung runs on the quarter system, consisting of four terms, each running twelve weeks. The school year begins in late June and finishes in early June of the following calendar year.
Each campus has an up-to-date library with books and multimedia materials in Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean,Vietnamese, Indonesian and Russian. The library system has more than 70,000 volumes in its collection and adds about 5,000 each year. ITI currently subscribes to 300 periodicals covering a variety of topics from business to science to entertainment. DVDs, VCDs, CDs as well as more traditional audio and video formats are available for checkout.
Each campus also has a modern computer lab with constantly upgraded computers. With over sixty PCs, the labs contain Chinese- and English-language software, as well as business and economic-related applications.
ITI enjoys a good reputation for producing high-caliber professionals in the local business community, Each year, renowned private enterprises such as Foxconn Technology Group, ASUSTeK Computer Inc., TECO Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd., Guanta Computer Inc., VEDAN Enterprise coup., Taiwan Ho Chuan Enterprise Co., Ltd. Central Trading & Development Corporation, Ltd., to name a few, resort to ITI as a crucial source for recruitment. Presently, 4,714 students with a wide variety of previous academic backgrounds have graduated from ITI. About 90% of them work in the field of international trade, with each of them having 10 job offers on average before they settle down with their employers, thanks to the well-structured career guidance and job placement support system in place.
Taking care of students goes beyond academics. Counselors assist in adjusting to life at ITI and offer advice for other issues that may surface.
Continually updated, the computer lab provides free Internet access along with printing and scanning services.
Currently enrolled full-time students receive career guidance and job placement support.
Language classes at ITI are run by nine full-time instructors. Originating from the United Kingdom, North America, and South Africa, these native speakers have a full range of experience and exceptional academic backgrounds. Over 50 government officials, scholars, business executives, and senior TAITRA staff members give trade courses and lectures.
There are 30 instructors in the English faculty. Coming from the U.S., Canada, the U. K., South Africa, and Australia, they help considerably in creating an English environment on campus that helps students get used to different accents. All the nine instructors in the Japanese faculty are of Japanese nationality. Currently, on average the instructors of the English faculty have been teaching at ITI for 5.7 years, and the Japanese faculty 13 years, a fact showing how dedicated ITI's language instructors are regardless of where they are from originally.
The visiting trade course lecturers are culled from industry, government, and academia. Over 100 experts, educators, and specialists speak at ITI each year.
International Marketing Programs :
Citizens of the Republic of China who are about to receive or currently hold a Master's degree from an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education may apply. Candidates must sit for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exam.
International Trade Program:
Students for this program are selected from those who have completed the ITI - Hsinchu selection process. Contact the Dong Shan campus for more information.
All ITI - Taipei students are responsible for their own accommodation and meals.
For complete information about short courses and the post-Master's programs, contact ITI - Taipei directly.
Student Life and Activities
Each campus provides ample dormitory facilities for students. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided on weekdays.
A vibrant alumni organization keeps ITI graduates in touch with each other. Services include a finance club, a book and movie club, and numerous information-sharing lectures, as well as informal get-togethers.
Citizens of the Republic of China who are about to receive or currently hold a bachelor or junior college degree from a foreign or domestic institution recognized or accredited by the Ministry of Education may apply to ITI. The entrance examination - given every March - has three sections: Chinese language, English language, and Problem-solving ability. Finalists must participate in face-to-face interviews.
Tuition (including room and board) is NT$213,500 for the 2017-2018 academic year. A NT$100,000 deposit is also required and refundable bearing interest upon graduation.
For complete information on the ITI admissions policy contact the Dong Shan campus.
Due to the rapid growth of imports and exports in the'70s and'80s, Taiwan's economy was enjoying an upswing. Constrained by the prevailing regulated educational system, business courses and foreign languages had long been treated as separated disciplines in this country's tertiary education. As a result, the supply of young professionals trained with the two-pronged approach fell far short of the demand of the local business community. Therefore the Executive Yuan approved the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA) petition to set up the International Trade Institute (ITI) under TAITRA’s jurisdiction. With the support of Mr. Wang Chien-shien, then Vice-Minister of MOEA, TAITRA invited representatives from the government sector, private sector as well as academic circles for their consulting and came up with the framework of the International Business Administration Program (IBAP), in which university or college graduates looking for a career in international trade are recruited for two-year intensive training.
The leap from the already established “On-the-Job Training Courses” (scheduled at irregular intervals) to a full-time ”Pre-career Training Program” was a great one. However, it was soon discovered that the two programs complemented each other---each program catering for the needs of a different kind of person---and over a short period of time, TAITRA metamorphosed into a full-fledged training organization. In the meantime, it has been expanded from the Taipei World Trade Center in Taipei to the two ITI campuses in Hsinchu (Kuang-Fu Road and Dong Shan Street) and one in Taichung on NCHU Campus and one in Kaohsiung on NSYSU Campus. At present, the Hsinchu Campuses offer five residential post-graduate programs with different combination of trade and foreign language courses as components of a curriculum. The Taichung Campus offers Two-Year English program, and the Kaohsiung Campus offers a Two-Year English program and a One-Year Business Program.
Since TAITRA's inception in 1970, it has been mandated to help cultivate the export markets for the business community. Over the past decades, it has developed a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network composed of a staff of over 850 trained specialists stationed in its headquarters in Taipei, four local branch offices in Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, and Kaohsiung as well as 50 overseas branch offices world-wide and 10 offices in China.
As time progresses it has been constantly exerting all its efforts to help those in need of assistance adapt themselves to fit in the ever-changing global business environment, for example, “MICE Training and Certification” program being one of the vivid examples.
In recent years, governments around the world have been paying more and more attention to the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions) industry because of its high potential, value added, and innovative benefits. Its potential for creating employment and business opportunities is a powerful driving force for all related industries.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, ITI has been responsible for the MICE Certification and Training Project since 2005. The project includes establishing the Certification System, giving the Professional Training Programs, setting up HR Data Bank, hosting MICE Destination Marketing Contest, and publishing online learning material.
MICE Certification and Training Project provided 80 MICE training programs with 2766 trainees in 2016. Individuals who are currently employed in the Meeting and Exhibition Industry or are university graduates of related fields had the opportunity to pursue continuing education to increase their industry involvement. The programs included Meeting and Exhibition Management, Site Inspection and Overseas Visits.
This year, MICE Certification and Training Project conducted the Tenth Examination of Certificate in Certified MICE Professional with the attendance of 1805 people as examinees.
In 2012, TAITRA worked with The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and the Convention Industry Council (CIC) to institute the Certified in Exhibition Management, CEM for short, and Certified Meetings Professional, CMP, to raise the level of professionalism and knowledge of Taiwan’s MICE personnel, in addition to keeping Taiwan current with international MICE trends. Within five years, Taiwan now has 124 CEM and 28 CMP certified individuals, ranking second in Asia and fifth in the world.