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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

EDUCATION

Ma lauds student policy

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday lauded government efforts to attract students from overseas and said he expected the number of foreign students to top 100,000 next year. Ma said during a visit to the National Taiwan Normal University’s Linkou campus that it was one of the govenrment’s most successful educational policies over the past six decades. He described overseas Chinese students from Southeast Asia who have maintained close relations with Taiwan as “very valuable assets to the country.” Ma said when he first took office in 2008, the number of foreign students was fewer than 30,000, but he estimated that the number would reach 100,000 next year, when he steps down after his second term. He added that Taiwan signed an agreement with Malaysia four years ago to mutually recognize diplomas bestowed by schools in each country.

CRIME

Trafficking suspects arrested

Six people in Hsinchu County have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, authorities said on Sunday. The National Immigration Agency’s special operations unit in Chiayi City said it received a tip-off earlier this year that a man from Hsinchu, surnamed Wu (吳), and several karaoke club operators were running a human-trafficking ring and forcing runaway female migrant workers into prostitution. In a joint operation with prosecutors in Hsinchu and Tainan, the unit arrested six suspects and rescued 10 runaway female workers in five hideouts in Hsinchu, said Huang Yi-hsiung (黃義雄), deputy head of the unit. Wu was arrested once about three years ago on similar suspicions, but has allegedly set up a bigger operation by partnering with karaoke club operators this year, Huang said.

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