Taiwan colleges eying senior citizens as enrollments drop

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/10/07
By: C.C. Chen and Lillian Lin

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) Several colleges in Taiwan are adjusting their business models to admit older students as part of an effort to stay afloat financially in an environment of declining enrollments among traditional students.

At a forum held Wednesday by the Ministry of Education to discuss transitions in higher education, one of the ideas put forward was to convert some educational facilities into health care centers and dormitories for older students.

Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology in Tainan said it is planning to open special classes for senior citizens and work with medical establishments in the area to set up health and postpartum care centers.

Hsuan Chuang University in Hsinchu also said it intends to establish a college specifically for senior citizens and will remodel some of its vacant dormitories for such students, as those facilities have been scantly occupied over the past few years due to declining enrollments.     [FULL  STORY]

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