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Falling enrollment rates: 198 majors fail to recruit single student

Deputy Minister of Education Yao Leeh-ter, standing, says on Dec. 28 that the falling birth rate was an unavoidable trend and that, as could be seen from a ministry report released that day, several national universities were already being affected.

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According to a Ministry of Education report on university student recruitment for 2017-2018, 198 majors, higher than the previous year, were unable to recruit any students for the academic year. This even includes PhD programs in the nation’s top universities, such as National Taiwan University (NTU), National Tsing Hua University and National Chengchi University.

The report shows that 17 universities have had an enrollment rate of less than 60 percent in 2017.

The rates for the national universities reveal that the elite universities have managed to fill 90 percent of available places, while the others have enrollment rates of over 80 percent.

Looking closer at the situation for all majors, 198 majors within the 157 schools in the country had not recruited a single student, higher than the previous year’s figure of 151.

According to the report, PhD programs in the Anthropology and Sociology departments at NTU, as well as the university’s Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Graduate Institute of Immunology, have not attracted a single student this year.

(CNA, translated by Paul Cooper)





資料顯示,台灣大學人類系、社會系、分子與細胞生物學研究所和免疫學研究所等四個博士班招生掛零。 (中央社)


1. student recruitment

phr. 招生

(zhao1 sheng1)

2. enrollment rate

phr. 註冊率

(zhu4 ce4 lu4)

3. elite university

phr. 頂尖大學

(ding3 jian1 da4 xue2)

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