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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

EDUCATION

Malaysian students increasing

With 10,374 of its nationals studying in Taiwan last year, Malaysia is the largest source of overseas students in the nation, the latest Ministry of Education statistics show. The number is nearly double the 5,248 figure recorded in 2010, according to the data, a surge the ministry attributed to Kuala Lumpur’s 2012 relaxation of restrictions on the recognition of certificates and diplomas issued by Taiwanese schools. That year, Taiwan also eased restrictions on foreign students working after graduating, including removing the requirement of work experience and lowering the minimum amount they must earn, the ministry said. The nation had a total of 78,261 foreign students last year, up 18.53 percent from 66,026 the previous year, according to ministry statistics. If the growth continues, the number of foreign students could reach the government’s goal of 100,000 in 2016, the ministry said.

CRIME

US school director jailed

The director of an English-language cram school has been sentenced to seven months in prison for an obscene act against an employee last year, the Supreme Court said yesterday, upholding the Taiwan High Court’s previous verdict. The Supreme Court ruled that US national Mark Hinnawi committed an act of forced obscenity against a female teacher in April last year at the buxiban he founded in New Taipei City. The verdict said he tried to hug the teacher, but was rejected, after which he forcibly thrust his lower body against hers until interrupted by the approach of students. The teacher told Hinnawi she wanted to quit, at which point he apologized, the verdict said. She recorded the apology as evidence and went to the police. At his trial, Hinnawi denied the accusations, the verdict said.

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