Mandarin Training Center
Mandarin Training Center (MTC; Chinese: 國語教學中心) is one of the world's oldest and most distinguished programs for Chinese as a second language study. It is run by National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei, Taiwan and located at NTNU Da'an Campus.
MTC was founded in 1956. It was briefly known as the Center for Chinese Language and Culture Studies from 2002-2004. The center attracts students from all parts of the world to Taiwan to study Mandarin Chinese language and literature. Students also have access to courses in Chinese calligraphy, Chinese martial arts, and traditional music and theater. Courses are offered in three-month quarterly terms throughout the year. This system enables international students to engage in intensive language study during their summer breaks and within single semesters. The MTC sponsors travel, hosts speech contests, and stages workshops and performances.
Over a thousand students from over seventycountries enroll for studies each year at the Mandarin Training Center. Nations represented include Australia, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Kenya, South Africa, the USA, Canada, and countries in the Middle East and in Central, South America and the Caribbean. This international presence makes the Shida area of Taipei one of the city's most cosmopolitan. Since April 8, 2013, people unable to attend MTC have had MTC Online on the Internet as an option. The center's alumni association, the MTCAA, has been in existence since 1998.
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- March Fong Eu - American politician
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- Howard Goldblatt - American literary translator
- Imre Hamar - Hungarian scholar of Chinese studies
- Ryutaro Hashimoto - former Prime Minister of Japan
- Jon Huntsman, Jr. - former United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to 1993, and China from 2009 to 2011
- Koichi Kato - former government minister of Japan
- Pierre Ryckmans - Belgian-Australian writer, essayist and sinologist
- Kevin Rudd - former Prime Minister of Australia
- Chie Tanaka - Japanese model and actress
- Richard Vuylsteke - President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
- Stephen H. West - American sinologist
- Pierre Marsone - French sinologist
- International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at the National Taiwan University
- Mandarin Learning Center (MLC) at Chinese Culture University
- List of Chinese language schools in Taiwan
- Chinese as a second language
- Huayu Enrichment Scholarship