MoE: Taiwan university and college departments closing due to declining birth rates

A total of 172 courses in various institution across the island will be suspended next year

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/12/05
By: Ryan Drillsma, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo by National Chiao Tung University)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Education (MoE), a total of 172 courses across colleges and universities throughout Taiwan will be suspended in 2019 due to low recruitment levels.

Schools say that the majority of these courses cannot be filled because of the country’s declining birth rates, according to CNA, as well as new trends in industry development. Most of those being canceled are Master’s programs and vocational courses.

The MoE says of the courses being suspended, 96 are regular university courses and 76 are technical training programs.

Local media has cast much attention upon National Chiao Tung University, which is canceling its Electrical and Information Engineering Bachelor’s program. The school issued a press release recently, however, to say the course is to be integrated into a much larger field of study in response to the need of students to receive cross-disciplinary education.    [FULL  STORY]

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