Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The government will provide a combinedNT$200 million (US$6 million) yearly for four top local universitiesto fund 60 teachers and students from their schools to study inprestigious U.S. universities and colleges starting next spring,Deputy Minister of Education Lin Tsong-ming said Tuesday.
The four universities will be selected at the end of this yearand receive funding under a five-year, NT$50 billion programadministered by the Ministry of Education, Lin said.
The universities will each get US$1.5 million per year to allow atotal of 20 professors, 20 postdoctoral research fellows and 20doctoral students to study at U.S. schools as part of an academicexchange program, with priority given to those in the fields of thehumanities and social sciences, Lin said.
Lin said he, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) SeniorExecutive Vice President Feng Da-hsuan, and NCKU Vice President forAcademic Affairs Tang Ming-jer discussed the possibility of suchagreements with several U.S. universities earlier this month.
Other Taiwanese universities are in talks with the University ofCalifornia at Berkeley, Harvard University, and MassachusettsInstitute of Technology on the exchange program, he added.
After the four schools have been selected, they will signexchange agreements with the U.S. universities, he said.
In 2005, the government earmarked NT$50 billion to be spent overfive years to help elevate leading local universities to the level oftop international educational institutions.
The second phase of the project will commence next year with theallocation of another NT$50 billion over five years.
(By Lin Szu-yu and Y.