Ministry to push English at universities

OPTIMISTIC GOAL: The Ministry of Education plans to choose four schools that would be models for the policy, which some university presidents said would pose challenges

Taipei Times
Date:  Oct 04, 2020
By: Rachel Lin, Wu Po-hsuan and
William Hetherington / Staff reporters, with staff writer

The entrance to the Ministry of Education is pictured in Taipei in an undated photograph.
Photo: Rachel Lin, Taipei Times

The Ministry of Education aims to have 90 percent of doctoral degree courses, 70 percent of master’s degree courses and 50 percent of undergraduate courses at four universities taught in English within the next few years, a source said yesterday.

The ministry last week held a meeting with the heads of several universities, from which it plans to select four schools that would serve as a model for the policy, the source said.

The ministry had in the past attempted to increase the number of courses at public universities taught in English to attract international students, but hit a stumbling block as not enough lecturers were proficient in English, the source said, adding that later attempts to hire more foreign lecturers were met with resistance.

The source said that less than 30 percent of graduate-level courses at the nation’s universities are taught in English.    [DFULL  STORY]

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