Academics receive offers from Chinese school

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 14, 2018
By: Wu Po-hsuan and Ling Mei-hsueh  /  Staff reporters

Several academics on Monday said they had received identical recruitment letters from China’s Minjiang University offering faculty positions with annual salaries of 150,000 to 1 million yuan (US$23,702 to US$158,010) in what appears to be a bulk mail campaign pushing China’s Taiwan policy.

The letters came on the heels of China’s announcement of 31 incentives — a series of economic benefits and subsidies previously exclusive to Chinese nationals and now available to Taiwanese — in a bid to attract Taiwanese talent and bring about unification across the Taiwan Strait.

Minjiang University, in China’s Fijian Province, was known as the Minjiang Vocational University before merging with Fuzhou Teachers’ College, and has a special connection to Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) — during his term as the Chinese Communist Party’s secretary of Fuzhou Municipal Committee, Xi served as the president of Minjiang Vocational University for six years.

Many Taiwanese academics, including National Taiwan University of Arts’ Department of Radio and Television professor Lai Hsiang-wai (賴祥蔚) and Shih Hsin University’s Department of Public Relations and Advertising assistant professor Loh Li-Chen (駱麗真), revealed on Facebook that they had received recruitment letters from the university’s School of Humanities and Communication.    [FULL  STORY]

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