Enrollment rates for doctoral programs at record low: ministry

The China Post
Date: December 5, 2015
By: Stephanie Chao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Enrollments in doctoral programs in Taiwan hit a record

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) speaks at a press conference on the announcement of her education platform. She, along with her campaign team on educational issues, proposed setting up a fund and laws to manage universities on the brink of closure or merging with other institutions. (Stephanie Chao , The China Post )

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) speaks at a press conference on the announcement of her education platform. She, along with her campaign team on educational issues, proposed setting up a fund and laws to manage universities on the brink of closure or merging with other institutions. (Stephanie Chao , The China Post )

low this year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Education yesterday, which cited low birth rates as one of the causes.

Some universities nationwide even reported zero-enrollment in their doctoral programs this academic year, citing low birth rates, industry transitions and decreasing numbers of teaching faculty members in recent years as factors.

National Taiwan University, Taiwan’s leading institution of higher education, reported at least four doctoral programs with zero-enrollment figures, including in the drama, life sciences, agricultural economics and oceanography departments.

Other leading universities also did not manage to escape similar fates this year, including four programs with no new doctoral candidates at National Chengchi University, two at National Tsing Hua University, two at National Chiao Tung University, five at National Cheng Kung University, and many more schools have reported empty doctoral classes for the next academic year as well.     [FULL  STORY]

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