With the Executive Yuan having ratified the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Regulations Governing the Enrollment of People from the Mainland Area in Taiwanese Colleges and Above (大陸地區人民來台就讀專科以上學校辦法), Taiwan is expected to welcome the first group of Chinese students in September, the ministry said yesterday.
The MOE said in a press release that the Executive Yuan approved the regulations last Thursday, empowering the ministry to begin the recruitment process.
Under the regulations, schools that are allowed to enroll Chinese students will organize a recruitment committee early next month after the MOE finalizes the number of vacancies for each school, the ministry said.
The schools will begin accepting applications for graduate school in early April and for undergraduate programs the following month, the ministry said.
Chinese students must pay tuition equivalent to or higher than -tuition for private university students, the ministry said.
MOE statistics show that students attending the nation’s private universities pay between NT$42,000 and NT$70,000 per semester.
Chinese students who are accepted will be given permits to enter Taiwan in late July, the ministry said, adding that the government will keep its promise to prohibit Chinese students from working part-time or full-time during their stay in Taiwan and not earmark scholarships for them.
Meanwhile, the ministry said Taiwan would now begin to give recognition to credentials issued by 41 Chinese universities.
Eligible applicants include those who have permits to stay in Taiwan as dependents and those who would like to apply for schools in Taiwan.
However, only those who enrolled in universities or graduate school in China after Sept. 3 last year — the date related laws were passed — and obtain their credentials later can apply for the recognition.
Those who obtained their Chinese credentials between Sept. 18, 1992, and Sept. 3 last year can participate in screening examinations held by the MOE, the ministry said.
The government announced that it would accept Chinese diplomas on Sept. 18, 1992, but the legislature did not pass relevant laws until September last year.
Medical degrees will remain excluded from the recognition, the ministry said.
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