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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

SOCIETY

Pride parade route unveiled

This year’s Taiwan Pride Parade, an annual celebration by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, is scheduled to be held on Saturday in Taipei, the organizer said yesterday. Participants are to split up along two separate routes after setting off from Xinyi Road Sec 1 at 2pm. They are to converge on Zhongshan S Road, the Taiwan LGBT Pride Community said. The theme of this year’s parade is “no age limit,” and members of the LGBT community and its supporters are invited to take part to jointly explore how age and gender are hindering people from freely expressing themselves when living their lives, the organizer said.

EDUCATION

Parents eye US education

Seventy-five percent of Taiwanese parents are considering sending their children abroad for their university education, with the US remaining the top destination, according to a survey conducted by HSBC. When given the choice of where they would be willing to send their children to study, 60 percent of respondents chose the US, while the UK and Germany each received the support of 38 percent, the survey found. The global survey conducted earlier this year in 16 nations interviewed 300 Taiwanese parents with at least one child younger than 23. Though Taiwanese respondents indicated that they would like to send their children abroad to study, cost could be a barrier. An international student in the US is expected to spend more than US$165,000 in total university tuition and living expenses over four years, HSBC said. In the UK, the cost is approximately US$120,000. By comparison, it is more economical to attend a Taiwanese university, which costs about US$44,000 over a four-year period, HSBC said.

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