By: Tseng Ying-yu, Chen Chi-fong and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Feb. 23 (CNA) A long-stalled cooperation plan between a local school
and the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, the largest network of culinary and hospitality schools in the world, might finally get off the ground after a Taiwanese official said Tuesday that the necessary procedures will be completed soon.
Labor Minister Chen Hsiung-wen (陳雄文) said the ministry is discussing the matter with the Ministry of Education and that administrative procedures should be completed next week.
Chen made the remarks at a legislative hearing amid reports that a cooperation plan between Le Cordon Bleu and National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism five years ago still has not gotten off the ground.
Addressing concerns by Legislator Ko Chih-en (柯志恩) of the Kuomintang, Chen said the program, in the form of a short-term cram school, fell victim to the nation’s regulations that set limits on short-term cram schools to open language courses in an effort to prevent abuse by diploma mills. [FULL STORY]