'I don't want to leave after I graduate'
"I'm a person who loves the Chinese language and literature, and compared to Hong Kong, the cultural atmosphere in Taiwan is stronger," said Hongkonger Taylor Lee Ming-wai, a first-year student at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.
Taylor, who has always wanted to work in publishing, added: "I believe I can find more opportunities here to go on to work in a publishing house."
She applied to Taiwan universities through the "joint distribution" scheme using her DSE results but did not apply to any other universities outside Hong Kong. When she failed to get into her preferred Hong Kong option despite satisfactory results, she accepted an offer from Normal University, where, she says, she is one of many Hongkongers.
"In my department, about 10 out of the 80 students are from Hong Kong," Lee added.
Taipei last month proposed tightening residency rules for Hongkongers, but Hong Kong students who graduate from Taiwan would be able to apply for residency after working there for five years - with the previous requirement that they return home for at least two years dropped.
"It would be good news for us. More than half of my Hong Kong friends [in Taipei] want to stay and work in Taiwan after graduation as some, including myself, think it would be better for our careers," said Taylor.
"But, for me, I also think Taiwan is a less stressful place compared to Hong Kong. I feel like it's freer here, you can breathe here - it's more comfortable. That's why I think living in Taiwan is a very good choice."