Taiwan is a major trading nation and plays a key role in global supply chain. As more and more multinational corporations have invested in Taiwan in recent years, demand for local talent with bilingual proficiency has greatly increased. At the same time, to adjust to global supply chain deployment, Taiwanese enterprises also require large numbers of professionals who possess a wide range of expertise and skills, including English proficiency and international mobility.
The government has launched the Bilingual 2030 policy precisely to boost the competitiveness of Taiwan’s young generation to enable the next generation to enjoy better job and salary opportunities. Building on our advantage as a Mandarin-speaking nation and on top of professional knowledge, this policy is expected to further strengthen English communication skills of the citizens, especially among young people, and to help bolster their global competitiveness.
The Bilingual 2030 policy will be guided by a twofold vision, namely, “helping Taiwan’s workforce connect with the world” and “attracting international enterprises to Taiwan; enabling Taiwanese industries to connect to global markets and create high-quality jobs”.
To achieve this overarching policy goal, the National Development Council and the Ministry of Education follow the instructions of the President and the Prime Minister to coordinate all available resources to of related ministries/commissions to actively implement the Bilingual 2030 policy. The following six goals will be the main focuses: accelerating the development of bilingual higher education; balancing and optimizing bilingual conditions for schools at the senior high school level and below; developing digital learning; expanding provision of affordable English proficiency test; raising civil servants’ English proficiency; and establishing an administrative body dedicated to policy promotion and implementation. These joint efforts will elevate the overall efficacy of the policy, and Taiwan’s next generation will be equipped with better international competitiveness by adding bilingual capabilities on to their professional expertise.
Building on the results of past bilingual environment plans, further enhance the soft power gained from citizens’ use of English. The NDC will gather government and private English learning and translation resources, to provide for use by all levels of government and the general public, so as to raise Taiwan people’s English listening, speaking, reading and writing proficiency. Website content will include: English translation resources, online English learning resources, theme English, online English proficiency testing resources, video channels, and links to government agencies’ English websites.