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Education Ministry to help Chinese students become research assistants

2012/05/26 21:23:03

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) is coordinating with related government agencies to allow Chinese students to serve as research assistants, an official said Saturday.

Vice Education Minister Lin Tsong-ming noted that the position of a research assistant is not considered to be a job and that giving such positions to Chinese students will therefore not compromise the job opportunities of local people, so that the ministry "hopes to see a breakthrough in this regard."

Lin was addressing misgivings raised by a mainland Chinese student at a forum at National Chengchi University on issues relatedto Chinese students studying in Taiwan.

The Chinese student surnamed Li, who is currently studying at National Taiwan University's Department of Civil Engineering, said he could understand the restrictions placed on Chinese students due to political sensitivity in cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

"But some restrictions seem to be too strict," Li went on, citing the restrictions on Chinese students serving as research assistantsas an example.

The restrictions, he said, mean that Chinese students can losethe opportunity to exchange views with their professors and upgradetheir abilities.

"The ministry is now coordinating with the National Science Council and the Council of Labor Affairs in this regard, " Lin said, noting that the ministry's stance corresponds with Li's.

Taiwan currently employs a policy of "three restrictions and six noes" on Chinese students. The three restrictions limit enrollment to Chinese students who come from "schools of high academic standing," places a cap on how many Chinese people are allowed to study in Taiwanat any one time and does not recognize medical diplomas from China.

The six noes refer to no preferential grading on entrance exams, no scholarships, no effect on Taiwanese student enrollment openings, no part-time jobs in Taiwan, no participation in licensing examinations and no staying in Taiwan after graduation.

In related news, a visiting high-ranking Chinese official urged Chinese students studying here to make more friends and learn more about Taiwan during their studies.

Ye Kedong, deputy director of the Taiwan Affairs Office under the State Council, made the remarks while attending a seminar on cross-strait higher education exchanges at Tainan Shoufu University in southern Taiwan.

Ye noted that Taiwan only opened to Chinese students last year and he expressed hope for steady progress to ensure the quality of Chinese students coming to Taiwan.

But he also said Taiwan should adjust its "three restrictions and six noes" policy and establish a medical insurance mechanism for Chinese students.

Chinese students also spoke of some of the problems they encounter while studying in Taiwan.

One said that because he is unable to obtain health insurance, he has to pay much more if he is sick, while another said that Taiwanese students have the habit of taking part-time jobs, which he would also like to be able to do.

(By Lin Szu-yu, Yang Su-jui and Lilian Wu)