At Taiwan universities, the war in Ukraine has spurred greater interest in national defense. At one Nantou school, the once-unpopular civil defense elective course is now booked to capacity, by both male and female students. Let’s drop in on the class.
A university student fires a rifle in class.
Under their military training instructor’s watchful gaze, the students aim at targets with live ammunition.
For today at least, this lecture hall is a shooting range. Students are also taught how to disassemble a rifle.
The elective military training course became a hit among students after the Russia-Ukraine War broke out. The roster of 50 places was quickly snapped up.
National Chi Nan University student
We thought that as citizens, we should come check out the course, or try to understand military and national defense stuff.
National Chi Nan University military training instructor
In this course, we will introduce some cross-strait issues, so that students can reflect on our current situation.
The course touches on the Russia-Ukraine War, defense technologies, and cross-strait relations. It also offers hands-on experience with firearms, to make national defense a tangible concept for students.