Number of visiting HK students, professors spikes in Taiwan amid escalating protests

At least 6 universities in Taiwan welcome Taiwanese, other int'l students recently studying in Hong Kong

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/11/21
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

NTU (Facebook photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The number of Hong Kong students and professors applying to study and teach at Taiwanese universities as guests has spiked amid the prolonged protests in Hong Kong, which have led to universities to cut the semester short.

In Hong Kong, violent clashes have spread to college campuses, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets in tense standoffs, resulting in a spike in injuries among protesting students. Meanwhile, the universities most affected have shortened the semester for safety reasons.

Taiwan's Ministry of Education has revealed that over 60 percent of the 1,021 Taiwanese studying in Hong Kong have returned home. Many have yet to decide whether or not to continue their education in the self-governing territory.

Over the past week, at least six of Taiwan's top universities have announced that they welcome Taiwanese and other international students studying in Hong Kong to take their courses, saying that class credits will be recognized if they meet requirements, UDN reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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