With the influence of globalization, and the ‘2030 Bilingual Policy’ in Taiwan. The number of High School students studying transnational dual academic programs has increased rapidly in the last few years. The ‘Dual-Curriculum’ offering has become a trend in many high schools in Taiwan. More than half of the schools in Taipei City have partnered with English-speaking countries to offer international programs as part of the curriculum. Some courses are taught by native English-speaking teachers; while others by Taiwanese teachers who use English as a medium of instruction. The ” Dual-Curriculum Program” has somewhat become one of the ‘pathways’ for high school students as an opportunity to continue their university studies overseas.
Wesley Girls’ High School becomes the pioneer in the introduction of the University of Massachusetts-Global (UMG) online program in the fall of 2023. The MOU signing ceremony between UMG and Wesley Girls’ High School took place on Thursday October 26th, 2023, which also marks the first cohort of students beginning this integrated mode of study. UMG partners with American Collegiate Live, the teaching platform that delivers the University of Massachusetts credit courses online. Students will have the opportunity to explore courses at university level and also interact with high school students from all over the world.
The whole study experience will help students to improve their academic English level; explore diverse subject areas and also strengthen their communication skills, by studying together with other international students. The UMG online program offers an internationally recognized course, which enables students to gain entry into US and worldwide universities via a cost-effective and time-saving way.
Wesley Girls’ High School provides UMG courses during the three-year senior high school period. Students take university courses online which are taught by faculty members, and will receive credits certified by the University of Massachusetts Global. These credits are recognized and accepted by more than 90% of universities in the United States.
In comparison to the AP or IB diploma program, the UMG program provides a practical route for high school students in Taiwan to obtain international education and recognition. Furthermore, students can obtain necessary soft skills through the interaction and communication with UMG tutors in real-time. University credits will be obtained by submitting assignments, completing reports, and taking tests according to subject requirements, laying a solid foundation for future university study.
UMG courses allow students who want to enhance their international horizons and improve their global competitiveness, bringing unlimited possibilities to students’ personal development and future career!