The China Post
Date: December 5, 2015
By: Stephanie Chao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Enrollments in doctoral programs in Taiwan hit a record
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]