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Policy for PRC students under way: ministry

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Education is expected to lay out a policy on allowing the enrollment of Chinese students at universities by the Lunar New Year, Minister of Education Cheng Jei-cheng (鄭瑞城) said yesterday.

Enrollment of Chinese students could begin in the next academic year if all necessary bills clear the legislature in time, he said.

Welcoming Chinese students is one of the ministry’s four main goals to broaden cross-strait academic exchanges.

The other proposals include granting longer visas to Chinese students who come for short-term studies, recognizing diplomas from Chinese universities and allowing local universities to offer continuing education and degree programs in China for students with full-time jobs.

The ministry recently sent a delegation to Japan, South Korea and China to learn about the measures authorities there have taken to discern fake Chinese academic credentials from genuine ones.

Cheng said the ministry had several proposals, including allowing public universities only to recruit postgraduate students, while giving private universities more freedom.

In a briefing to the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee on Nov. 10, the minister vowed to set a number of restrictions.

The measures included capping the number of Chinese students at less than 1 percent of university vacancies and offering them no scholarships.

Chinese students would not be allowed to study subjects that concern matters of national security and would be banned from working while in Taiwan. They would also be required to go home upon completion of their studies.

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