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University ratings to focus on research, development

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Future evaluations of universities will place more emphasis on a school's achievements in professional fields, university education sources said yesterday.

The sources said university ratings in the past have focused more on general educational facilities and teaching programs and less on a school's achievements or performance in individual professional fields.

In the future, however, tertiary education appraisal will focus more on each university's achievements in professional research and development, the sources said, a day after Yuan Ze University and National Chengchi University (NCCU) held a University Evaluation/Ranking and Prominence Development Forum at NCCU's Center for Public and Business Administration.

The Ministry of Education has encouraged the 12 universities involved in the ministry's five-year, NT$50 billion (US$1.54 billion) development plan to organize a series of forums to explore measures to improve and upgrade the country's advanced education system.

One of the forums in the series was held on Saturday. Representatives from industry, government and academia were invited to present their views on tertiary education development trends, global university rankings, upgrading the quality of faculty, university globalization, improving the effectiveness of university-industry cooperation projects and incorporating local universities, the sources said.

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