Prior to the General Scholastic Ability Test scheduled for Jan. 25 and 26, the Ministry of Education published its annual statistics on higher education institutes as references for senior high school students and their parents. According to CNA, the enrollment at nine universities last year was lower than 60 percent of the regular enrollment.
Among the nine, Christ’s College Taipei (46.81 percent) in New Taipei City, and Fortune Institute of Technology (47.46 percent) and Kao Yuan University (47.48 percent), both in Kaohsiung, suffered the lowest enrollment in the country last year. Schools with low enrollment might be forced into closure, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, due to the decline of the birthrate in recent years, 51 doctoral programs, 23 master’s programs and four departments at 35 of the nation’s 159 universities failed to attract any students last year. Kaomei Junior College of Health Care and Management in Kaohsiung closed down last summer. The ministry has urged universities to develop their own unique features through “localization” in order to survive.
(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
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