National Taiwan University (NTU) said yesterday it would raise tuition for foreign students in the next academic year.
The scale of the proposed tuition increase will be finalized in the next week or two, the university said.
NTU dean of academic affairs Chiang Been-huang (蔣丙煌) said the school intended to raise tuition for students from abroad, including short-term students.
This would also apply to Chinese students the university may recruit in future, Chiang said.
Chinese students are barred from enrolling in local universities, although the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) hopes to push through legislative proposals by the end of the current legislative session to allow local schools to begin recruiting them in the next school year.
Foreign students at NTU currently pay the same as their Taiwanese counterparts, Chiang said.
NTU statistics show that about 503 international students were enrolled at the university during this academic year.
NTU’s annual undergraduate tuition ranges between NT$60,540 and NT$74,500, while that for graduate students ranges between NT$61,520 and NT$130,000, information from the university’s Office of International Affairs showed.
Chiang said the school spent NT$6.8 billion (US$210.8 million) in public funding on teaching per year, with every student costing the school about NT$200,000.
There is no need for Taiwanese students to pay more to bridge the difference because they are covered by taxpayers’ money, Chiang said, adding that foreign students should pay more because they don’t pay taxes.
Chiang said NTU might not necessarily require foreign students to pay as much as NT$200,000 per year, because the students contribute to the university by enriching the cultural diversity on campus.
NTU’s Foreign Students Association was not immediately available for comment.