The nation’s universities and colleges are set to boost efforts to attract students from China after the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Tuesday the quota allotted to each for the 2011 academic year, which starts in September.
According to the ministry, 67 universities will be allowed to admit a total of 1,123 Chinese students while 65 technology colleges can take 877, in line with an annual quota of 2,000 imposed by the government.
Feng Chia University in Greater Taichung is entitled to enroll the highest number — 74 — followed by National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei with 73 and National Cheng Kung University in Greater Tainan with 34.
The ministry will initially target prominent high schools in six provinces and cities in China’s coastal regions as part of its efforts to promote Taiwan’s higher-education institutions, director of the Department of Higher Education, Ho Cho-fei (何卓飛) said.
A joint commission, which has yet to be formed by local universities and colleges, will start a recruitment drive late this month or next month in China, he said.
According to NTU, recruitment of Chinese students will be launched as soon as the commission is set up.
Feng Chia University president Chang Pao-long (張保隆) said he is confident that his school will be capable of attracting enough Chinese students on the back of its ties with universities in China.
All Chinese students who enroll in one institution will be required to live in the same dormitory to avoid unnecessary complications, he said.
The first Chinese students are expected to arrive in or before September for the next academic year after Taiwan revised its laws last August to allow local universities to admit them.
There are a number of exchange students from China currently studying in Taiwan, but on short-term programs.