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City paying for school expo

CNA , TAIPEI

With a growing number of local universities offering graduate course work, the Taipei City Government, in cooperation with local educational and cultural organizations, is holding its first graduate school expo today and tomorrow.

A total of 125 institutes of graduate studies will take part in the two-day event and will introduce their programs to interested students.

In recent years local universities have begun offering more graduate courses, in part because more undergraduate students are interested in continuing their studies and also due to the increasing demand for continuing education programs.

A survey conducted by Cheers magazine in April showed that of the 250,000 seniors preparing to leave local universities and colleges, 44 percent said they hoped to continue their studies, and most said they would choose graduate programs in Taiwan.

Taiwan's accession to the WTO and the prospects of direct links between Taiwan and China are likely to change the landscape of Taiwan's educational market, which has been somewhat protected because of the nation's strict rules on academic credential recognition.

In years past, tens of thousands of university graduates have attended graduate schools overseas, mostly in the US. However, prominent universities in China have been attracting increasing numbers of students from Taiwan in recent years.

By sponsoring the exposition, local educational institutions hope to attract the lions' share of students seeking advanced degrees.

Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮), Vice Education Minister Fan Sun-lu (范巽綠) and Taipei's Deputy Mayor, Pai Hsiu-hsiung (白秀雄), will attend the opening ceremony this morning.

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