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Over 20 universities plan to open branches on Kinmen

2010/07/31 19:47:08

Taipei, July 31 (CNA) More than 20 Taiwanese universities areplanning to set up branches on the outlying island of Kinmen inpreparation for the admission of Chinese students, a Kinmen officialsaid Saturday.

According to Li Tsai-hang, chief of the county's educationbureau, Kinmen is an ideal location for such students because it issituated near China and the schools on the Taiwan-controlled islandwill not be subject to enrollment quotas for Chinese students.

The county government will provide 2.5 hectares of land for useby the universities, Li told reporters in a forum held as part ofcelebrations to mark the upgrading of National Kinmen Institute ofTechnology to a university.

Also speaking at the event, Ho Cho-fei, director-general of theDepartment of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education (MOE),explained that Taiwanese universities and colleges will be permittedto recruit Chinese students after the University Act, Junior CollegeLaw, and the Statute Governing the Relations between the People ofthe Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area are amended.

If the proposed amendments clear the Legislative Yuan in its nextspecial session in August, Chinese students will be able to enroll indoctorate programs in Taiwan in March 2011 at the earliest, but willhave to wait until September 2011 to enroll in bachelor degreeprograms, Ho said.

According to rules drafted by the MOE to govern the entry andlength of stay of Chinese students in Taiwan, Ho said, the number ofChinese students admitted by Taiwanese universities cannot exceed 1percent, or around 2,000, of the total enrollment.

This quota restriction, however, will not apply to outlyingislands such as Kinmen and Penghu, Ho went on. In these areas,Chinese student enrollment programs will be conducted on acase-by-case basis, he explained.

Meanwhile, Kinmen Magistrate Li Wo-shi said the county governmentwill provide scholarships to attract top Chinese students to study onKinmen, even though universities in Taiwan are prohibited from doingso.

After the National Kinmen Institute of Technology is upgraded toa university Aug. 1, the top 20 students in each class will begranted full tuition and fee waivers, Li said.

In addition, the tuition aid and transportation allowance forevery student will be raised from NT$14,000 to NT$20,000, he added.

(By Lin Szu-yu, Ni Kuo-yen and Y.F. Low)