Educational opportunities in Taiwan
The “tsumani” of less children in Taiwan has severely hit Taiwan’s 2016 academic school year.
In January, 2016, 135,000 high school students and non-traditionally educated students took the college and university admissions aptitude exams. At the end of April, 2016, some 13,000 youths will take the technical and vocational college and university admissions aptitude exams.
However, top notch universities such as National Taiwan University says that individual applicants now constitute 50% of the school’s admissions, and National Chinghua University and National Chiaotung University say that 60% of their student admissions are individual applicants, and only 30% to 40% of their student admissions are chosen from the college and university admission aptitude exam takers. National Chinghua University says that the academic performance of those who are admitted on individual applicantion is far better than those admitted through the aptitude exams. For the 2016 academic year, 55,000 individual applicants have been admitted to universities.
The impact of the “tsumani” has hit private universities the hardest. There are three private universities and 13 private technical and vocational universities that have a registration rate below 60% of recruitment targets, and eight out of the 13 have less than 3,000 students and their registration rate is below 60%. They are mostly universities in eastern and southern Taiwan.
In academic year 2014, National Taiwan University has joint study programs with 28 foreign universities, the National Chiaotung University has 25, the private Fengchia University has 28, including 8 with American universities and 7 with Chinese mainland universities. The private Yuanchi University has 19 such joint study programs with 80% of them with American universities. The private Chaoyang Technical University has 11 such programs, the Nantai Technical University also has 11 such programs including 4 with British universities and 4 with Japanese universities. The National Kaohsiung First Technical University has 11 such programs mostly with Japanese universities. The Jiayi Medical University cooperates mainly with educational institutions in Thailand and Malaysia.
The National Taiwan University now has 61 foreign instructors. The private Tamkong University has 51 foreign instructors. The National Chaiotung University has 40 foreign instructors. National Chengchi University, National Chinghua University, private Tunghai University, Catholic Fu Jen University, the Chinese Culture University all have 30 foreign instructors each.
Foreign students in Taiwan attend mostly private universities. Many study business. Private Mingchuan University has over 700 foreign students studying business and mass communication. The Kaohsiung Yishou University has more than 500 foreign students studying business, medicine, mass communication, restaurant and beverage management. Fengchia University has 300 foreign students studying engineering and business. The Taoyuan Wanneng Technical University has 200 foreign students, and the Taiwan Technical University also has 200 foreign students studying civil engineering, electrical engineering and engineering. Huanchiu Technical University, Chaoyang Technical University, Nantai Technical University, Deming Technical University of Finance and Economics all have 150 to 200 foreign students each. They major mostly in restaurant and beverage and leisure management, and business.
These foreign students do not include students from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Macau.
Many Taiwan universities offer degree courses in English. Students attending Taiwan universities with joint study programs with foreign universities also have the opportunity to gain degrees from both a Taiwan university and its foreign sister university.
An overwhelming majority of Taiwan’s population is college and university educated. Yet, because of the impact of the “tsunami” of less children, at least 35 colleges and universities are under review for reorganization, merger or closure.
Again, [Master Chen Says] encourages refugees and the poor South Africans who do not have the opportunity to acquire a good education in a peaceful environment to go to Taiwan to get a college and university education.
Hong Kong universities are now recruiting top students from Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia is recruiting Taiwanese professors to teach in that country. Taiwanese professors are also teaching in Singapore. These are indications of the high quality of Taiwan’s education. And there are plenty of opportunities for students from foreign countries to study and acquire a college and university degree from a Taiwan university.
National Chengchi University will launch a Southeast Asian major in academic year 2017. First and second year freshman and sophomore classes will concentrate on language studies in Vietnamese and Thai. Courses for junior and senior classes will be in Southeast Asian studies including Southeast Asian societies, economies, cultures, politics and diplomacy. National Chengchi University will also establish a Southeast Asian Research Center to train diplomatic talent.
[Master Chen Says] This program is also good for foreign students who wish to become experts in Southeast Asia without having to go to specific Southeast Asian countries.