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Meeting highlights Kinmen as potential educational center


Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝) said yesterday that the government is considering providing academic appraisal for students of high school level or lower from China.

Speaking on Kinmen during a workshop on education development, Tu said the Ministry of Education (MOE) has been consistent in refusing to accredit diplomas issued by Chinese colleges or universities, but the MOE and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) have been working on the possibility of appraising and recognizing the academic ability and proficiency of Chinese students of high school level or lower, the group in which children of taishang (Taiwanese business people) are also included.

Tu said if the MOE-MAC measure is worked out, it will still be subject to approval by the Executive Yuan before being put into practice. He added that there is no timetable for implementation.

Tu also called for taishang located beyond Fujian Province to send their children to Kinmen to attend school, pointing out that since 2002 -- a year after Taiwan initiated the "small three links" with Fujian Province in early 2001 -- the number of taishang children sent to Kinmen to study had increased from the original 15 to 92 this year.

At the workshop, Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽) said that schools on Kinmen have accepted children of taishang for the past four years, but the central government should have the foresight to prepare Kinmen to accept students from China other than taishang children.

Tseng Chin-chao (曾欽照), a taishang leader from Xiamen, said Kinmen is a suitable place for education. He encouraged Taiwanese colleges and universities to open affiliated operations in Kinmen so that not only taishang children but Chinese students could be educated on Kinmen, making the island a platform of educational exchange across the Taiwan Strait.

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