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Delegation from Kinmen seeks students in China

EDUCATION County officials sailed to Xiamen, where they will try to get Taiwan's businesspeople to send their children for education in Kinmen


A 12-member delegation of officials from Kinmen sailed across the Taiwan Strait to Xiamen yesterday to entice Taiwanese businesspeople working in China to send their children to school in Kinmen.

The delegation, led by Lu Chih-hui (盧志輝), director of the Kinmen County Department of Education, will call on chambers of commerce for Taiwanese businesses throughout Fujian Province to sell the benefits of studying in Kinmen.

The delegation aims to persuade 100 Taiwanese businesspeople in China, known in Mandarin as taishang (台商), to send their children to Kinmen this fall.

Touting Kinmen's good educational environment prior to the trip, Lu said that Kinmen was a good choice for taishang who have problems with their children's education.

He said that Taiwanese businesspeople should be aware of the advantages of Kinmen's proximity to China, as well as its academic system, which is identical to that of Taiwan.

Many taishang have reported difficulties placing their children in Chinese schools: if they leave their children in Taiwan, they cannot observe their progress, but if they bring them to China, the children will later have difficulty adjusting to Taiwan's academic system, Lu said.

Tseng Wen-chang (曾文昌), an official at the Ministry of Education in charge of Chinese affairs, said there are no Taiwan-oriented schools in Fujian Province.

Beginning this fall, Tseng said, Kinmen will admit taishang children to study at all levels, ranging from grade school to college.

Tong Shen-wei (董燊為), academic director at the Kinmen College of Technology, said that in addition to welcoming taishang children, the college was also planning to invite executives from some 6,000 Taiwanese businesses in Fujian to attend classes in business administration.

Members of the delegation, which includes officials from the Mainland Affairs Council, will tour the cities of Xiamen, Fuzhou, Putian, Quanzhou and Zhangzhou before wrapping up the trip Saturday.

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