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Taipei, April 19 (CNA) An increasing number of college students in Taiwan are postponing their graduation, mainly to develop specialized skills across different fields, official statistics show.
A total of 48,000 students will postpone their graduation this academic year that ends on July 31, an increase of 1.4 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).
That number was also 6.6 percent higher than in the 2011-2012 school year, with most of the growth coming among female students, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).
In its analysis of the figures, the DGBAS said some of those delaying their graduation were doing it to pursue a double major or a minor in another field to develop interdisciplinary skills, seen by many as critically important to success in today's constantly changing economic environment.
Others are extending their time in school because they have not met the necessary graduation requirements or for technical reasons, the DGBAS said.
The 48,000 students postponing graduation this year account for 16.1 percent of all students eligible to graduate, and far more of them are males (29,000 or 60.3 percent of the total) than females.
But the number of females who have put off their graduation this year has risen 5 percent year-on-year, compared with a decrease of 0.9 percent among males, according to MOE statistics.
(By Chen Cheng-wei and CNA intern Lo Wei-An)