Taiwan hopes that discussions with Malaysia on the recognition of university and college degrees issued in Taiwan will be successfully concluded by September, Minister of Education Wu Ching-ji (吳清基) said.
At present, Malaysia only recognizes Taiwanese degrees earned in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacology and engineering, which Wu attributed to internal issues, without elaborating.
Ho Cho-fei (何卓飛), head of the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) Department of Higher Education, recently visited Malaysia to hold talks, Wu said.
Taiwan is stepping up educational ties with Malaysia as part of a broader policy to promote higher education, which has become one of the country’s top 10 service sectors, the minister said.
Getting Malaysia to recognize all degrees issued in Taiwan would pave the way for more Malaysian students to study in the country. However, the ministry continues to make a wide range of efforts to recruit foreign students to academic programs in Taiwan.
Last month, Wu led more than 200 professors from 70 Taiwanese universities to a two-day Taiwan higher education fair in Malaysia that he said had attracted more than 10,000 visitors, some of whom traveled for seven hours just to attend.
The ministry is also targeting other Asian countries as potential sources of students.
Vietnam is sending 500 elite students to Taiwan to undertake graduate studies over the next 10 years and Thailand is sending 600 students on scholarships over the next five years, he said.
India and Indonesia are sending 2,000 students and 1,000 college professors to Taiwan for further studies over the next five years, Wu said.