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Pagoda Projects are proud to be delivering an entrepreneurship-oriented 2-week study tour, in cosmopolitan Taipei focusing on the Tech and Start-up scene. Our partners may opt to offer our scheduled, open tours to their students with no minimum numbers, or discuss the delivery of this study tour exclusively for your students with complete flexibility on dates, duration, activities and theme (subject to capacity and availability).

Our programme consists of a guided group project, focusing on the tech and start-up scene in Taipei. It features a range of activities geared to those looking for an entry-level insight to doing business in Asia. Students will develop their entrepreneurial capabilities through a series of guided events, workshops and visits. The programme culminates with students presenting their start-up pitch to an expert panel for assessment.

Please note for our scheduled tours places are limited and applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis

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[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Flexible:” color=”orange”]We know that our partners have different goals and requirements for their international mobility. We are flexible to be able to work with International Offices, Academic Staff and other stakeholders to make sure the programme meets your objectives. This means we can ensure you’re getting the information you need for the assignment of credit, or for bespoke programmes we can adjust key elements such as the duration, content and deliverables of the programme[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Engaged:” color=”orange”]We know that even with funding, it’s not always easy to get your students to take advantage of the opportunities on offer, especially when travel is involved at some personal cost. This is why we will support you in every way we can to ensure that students are aware of the opportunities we are providing and manage their expectations. This includes paid marketing, design of promotional materials such as e-flyers and programme videos, online info-sessions about the programme and one-to-one consultation[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Supportive:” color=”orange”]Where budgets are limited, we are happy to cooperate with you to submit applications for various government-funding opportunities, including Generation UK, Prime Ministers Scholarship for Asia and the New Colombo Plan where eligible. This can be done on a speculative basis, i.e. if the funding application is unsuccessful, there is no obligation to run the programme or pay any fees to Pagoda Projects. Discounts and/or benefits in kind are possible when there is a view to commit a greater number of students to our programme or where funding is established. This helps us better manage our capacity and aligns with our approach of seeking to assist students with financial support wherever available[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row”][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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[/vc_column_text][vc_toggle title=”Transparent:” color=”orange”]For programmes where you wish for us to invoice students directly, they are not required to make any payment until they have secured a position they are happy to sign up for. This means you can simply include our Vietnam placements as an option among others for consideration. Students can find out about our placement options and even interview with a potential host company before paying a deposit or making a decision to commit to the programme[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Personal:” color=”orange”]All who apply are provided with clear, detailed information about the programme, associated costs and a dedicated member of our team will liaise with them specifically to discuss the nature of the placement they require to provide options for consideration[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Safe:” color=”orange”]Your students’ well-being is our priority. We capture detailed health and safety related information to make sure that we are aware of any specific areas of support for participants in relation to their physical and mental heath. All of our due dilligence-related documentation is available in the ‘Partners‘ section of our website[/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Scheduled Tour Dates (Open Tour):

2021: Saturday 16th January – Saturday 30th January

Application Deadline: 30th November 2020

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row”][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586236538112{padding-bottom: 10px !important;}”]INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARENESS: This will be achieved via first-hand experience of the International Business environment. Participants will receive a thorough exposure to companies operating in a global context. This will be done via presentations, panel sessions, tours in the facilities of established start-ups. Considerations of entrepreneurship in a foreign context, along with national challenges will be addressed by presenters.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: Participants will be encouraged to actively develop key research, communication and presentation skills. This will be supported via hands-on activities. Objectives and a program pack will be provided during the orientation day, for which students will also be put into groups and instructed of our expectation to present back to our team and a panel of industry leaders at the end of the program for assessment.

CULTURAL AWARENESS: Participants will gain fundamental understanding of Asian and Taiwanese Culture whilst also being given a plethora of opportunities to bond with others taking part in the program. Activities will focus specifically on the necessity of being culturally aware, along with articulating some key considerations when doing business in Taiwan and Asia in general.

PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND NETWORK BUILDING: Participants will broaden their professional networks via the interactions with staff during company visits and seminar/panel sessions and liaising with senior level staff in prestigious organizations. They will be taught how to network, given opportunities to do so whilst making a good overall impression as an ambassador for their country and university

LANGUAGE STUDY: Participants will receive 18 hours of group mandarin Chinese language classes focusing on functional Chinese that will be useful in everyday life during the program. It is hoped that with the foundations and tools provided within this program, independent language study will continue upon students returning to their home countries.


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  • Workshop on how to pitch and present business ideas
  • Tour of Taiwan Tech Arena that houses local and international start-ups
  • Panel discussion with Chambers of Commerce
  • Event hosted by Subway, topic ‘The differences in expanding in Taiwan and Greater’
  • ‘Why is Taiwan the innovative heart of Asia’ Talk by Chien Lee of Spark Amplify
  • Presentation by the Talent Circulation Alliance of Taiwan
  • Various Networking events
  • Panel feedback of group project presentations

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  • Guided tour of the world-renowned Palace Museum
  • A introduction to Taipei City and history of Taiwan
  • Nightmarket trips
  • Weekend excursion to Jiufen and Jinguashi
  • Temple and Old Town tours
  • Free time to explore the city

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  • 18 hours of beginners Mandarin Language classes (from 9:30-11:30) teaching functional Chinese which will be useful in everyday life*
  • Special calligraphy class focused on brushwork and art
  • An introduction to the beloved Chinese games: Mahjong

*None-beginners may opts to join this programme, but will incur an extra cost if classes at any other study level than beginner need to be arranged

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Students will be introduced to the project at the beginning of the programme. Based on their experiences throughout the two weeks they will be tasked with preparing a presentation with an accompanying ‘elevator pitch’ that may interest a potential investor. They will be tasked with exploring the areas and will present to a panel at the end of the two weeks

  • Identifying investor focus and what start-ups would subsequently be successful in Taiwan’s unique Taiwan environment
  • Why would you start a business in Taiwan compared to other Global cities or China?
  • Process of expanding your team’s unique start-up
  • Cultural differences and expectations in the start-up industry
  • Support and knowledge in country (outsourcing, networks, chambers, associations etc.)
  • Summary SWOT analysis

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There’s no acceptance criteria for students to take part, however, places for our scheduled tours are limited. If you’re considering the experience to count towards an accredited aspect of your students’ course, we can help you identify these areas. Alternatively, you may wish to adapt and customise an exclusive, bespoke group-programme and build this to meet your specific course criteria.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” parallax=”content-moving” parallax_image=”64696″ css=”.vc_custom_1586237533341{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/3″ offset=”vc_col-lg-offset-4″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1586235859458{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”]



Programme Fee:

£1,695 (Approximately $3,400 AUD/$3,000 CAD/€2,000 EUR/$2,100 USD/$3,500 NZD/$3,100 SGD) per student plus £300 deposit

2020 Open Tour Start Dates Still Available:

By arrangement only

2021 Open Tour Start Dates Still Available:

Saturday 16th January – Saturday 30th January

Other dates:

This tour can be arranged privately with our partner institutions

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What’s Included:

  • Pre-departure support
  • Admission and transport fees to all activities listed
  • 3-star hotel acommodation based on 2 sharing
  • 24 hour support from our on-site team & airport pick-up
  • Comprehensive Health and Travel Insurance
  • Pickup on arrival and transfer to accommodation
  • Welcome pack including local SIM card, T-shirt and other items
  • Visa application fees
  • Access to employment and networking opportunities via our alumni network

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  • Flights
  • Any doctor-recommended vaccinations/ inoculations
  • Day to day cost of living
  • Cost for students to attend our optional weekly dinners and trips


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