More than 70 percent of high school students in Taiwan hope to pursue higher education after graduation, according to the results of a study released recently by the National Science Council.
The study indicates that Taiwanese students on average start to have a clear idea of what they want to do in the future at about the age of 12 or 13.
This is considerably earlier than US students who begin to decide on their direction when they are around 15 or 16.
While 45 percent of Taiwan's high school students want to obtain a college degree, 27 percent hope to get a graduate degree, according to the study.
This compares with 10 percent who only hope to complete their senior high school education and 14.8 percent who have still not decided on their plans for the future.
In terms of parental expectation for their children, the study shows that approximately 90 percent of parents have set a goal on what they hope their children will achieve, with 60 percent expecting their children to complete university and 25 percent expecting their children to obtain a graduate degree.
Boys and girls
The study indicates that parents in modern Taiwan display little discrimination in their attitude towards the education of their sons and daughters.
However, these parents tend to have higher expectations for their sons, hoping that their sons will get a graduate degree, while expecting their daughters to complete their university education.
The study is based on long-term surveys carried out since 2001 in cooperation with the Academia Sinica's Institute of Sociology.