Fri, Dec 25, 2009 - Page 2 News List

University professors could receive salary increase

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Ministry of Education will propose measures to increase salaries at local universities to prevent talented teachers and researchers from being recruited by universities abroad, Minister of Education Wu Ching-chi (吳清基) said yesterday.

Wu told lawmakers at the Education and Culture Committee meeting that some distinguished university teachers would leave for jobs in other countries because they believe they are underpaid.

For example, Wu said, the salary for professors in South Korea is about twice that in Taiwan while in Hong Kong it is about four times as much.

Wu said the Executive Yuan had held a cross-departmental meeting to discuss whether to grant professors at top universities flexibility in terms of the salary and that the ministry would announce the measure on Jan. 23.

Wu made the remark in response to concerns raised by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiang Nai-shin (蔣乃辛).

Chiang said teachers at local elementary or junior high schools receive a monthly salary of up to NT$78,000, including bonuses, while university lecturers receive NT$76,050 and associate professors NT$76,715.

Professors in Taiwan receive a monthly salary of NT$90,000 on average while those in Hong Kong enjoy NT$370,000 and those in China receive NT$200,000 per month, Chiang said.

“Given our pay scale, of course university professors will not stay in the nation,” Chiang said.

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