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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA and agencies

EDUCATION

Chinese degree pool widened

The Ministry of Education announced yesterday that it now recognizes diplomas issued by 18 more Chinese institutions of higher education, bringing the total number of recognized schools to 129. The new additions cover 15 specialized colleges, as well as three research institutes: the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The nation’s policy recognizes diplomas issued on or after Sept. 3, 2010, by designated schools in China. For Taiwanese citizens who obtained diplomas from now-recognized Chinese institutions before that date, but after 1992, an examination is required to certify academic qualifications.

ENVIRONMENT

Rapture of the raptors

Today is to mark the beginning of a series of events centered on birds of prey to coincide with the peak of their migration season, offering a rare look at gray-faced buzzards and Chinese sparrowhawks. Among the events will be guided birdwatching tours in the North Coast and Guanyinshan National Scenic Area on today, tomorrow and April 27, as well as on May 4, the Tourism Bureau said. Peak raptor migration season begins after the spring equinox later this month, when frequent rainfall forces them to land or fly low, making it a good opportunity for bird watchers, the bureau said. The season is likely to last into May, according to the Taipei-based Chinese Wild Bird Federation, which said that Guanyinshan (觀音山) in New Taipei City, Baguashan (八卦山) in Changhua County and of Kenting (墾丁) in Pingtung County are among the best places to see aerial predators.

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