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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

EMPLOYMENT

Social sciences gain favor

Local businesses favor graduates from National Taiwan University (NTU), a survey said yesterday. The nation’s top-ranked university beat out long-time favorite National Cheng Kung University, which ranked second in a survey by online job broker 1111 Job Bank. National Chengchi University, National Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua University rounded out the top five, according to the 3,396 employers who responded to the survey conducted from Nov. 2 to Nov. 30 last year. Fu Jen Catholic University and Tamkang University were the first and second choices for private universities, the poll showed. 1111 Job Bank vice president Daniel Lee (李大華) said schools that have strong social science backgrounds won greater recognition in the survey than those with an emphasis on natural sciences.

RETAIL

7-Eleven hikes tea egg price

President Chain Store Corp, operator of 7-Eleven, has increased the price of its tea eggs, an item unique to Taiwanese convenience stores. 7-Eleven, the largest convenience store chain in Taiwan, with more than 5,000 stores, on Wednesday increased the price of tea eggs from NT$8 to NT$10 each. 7-Eleven said the decision was made based on egg price increases of 25 percent in the past five years. Council of Agriculture statistics showed that last month, the farm price of eggs was NT$56.1 per kilogram, up 5.6 percent from a year earlier. Family Mart, the second-largest of the four major convenience store chains in Taiwan, was the first to raise the price of tea eggs to NT$10 at its nearly 3,000 stores in October last year. OK Mart, the smallest of the four chains, followed suit in November last year, while Hi-Life, which has about 1,300 stores, said it had no immediate plans to increase the price of its tea eggs.

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