Shih Yuan

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畢業於台北市立建安國小。現為文字工匠,知識的勞動者。

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2015/11/02 | Shih Yuan

Ministry of Education to Dissolve or Integrate 160 Universities in Taiwan

Liu Qing-xu, secretary-general of The National Federation of Teachers Unions (NFTU), says funds invested by both the government and industries are far less than other countries. To improve the quality of universities, Taiwan needs to redefine the meaning of high-level education rather than just calculate the trivial costs of running a school or simply reduce number of schools.

2015/12/01 | Shih Yuan

Five More Countries To Offer Taiwan Visa-Free or Visa-on-Arrival Access

Following countries, including Kazakhstan, that have given Taiwan visa-free or visa-on-arrival access starting in October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that five more countries have been added to Taiwan's list of visa-friendly countries.

2015/12/02 | Shih Yuan

How Severe Is the Haze in Beijing? Artist Makes A Brick Out of the Dust

This artist who calls himself, "Peanut Brother," said on his Weibo account that he started planning this project since 2013. He wanted to use a vacuum cleaner to collect the dust in the air of Beijing in 100 days, and then use the dust he collected to make a brick. This brick will ultimately be used as construction material and, "disappear among the millions of bricks. Just like dust," said Peanut Brother.

2015/08/31 | Shih Yuan

Seven National Holidays Cut Back in Taiwan Starting From 2016

With the amendment of the Labor Standards Act being carried out in 2016, weekly working hours will be reduced to 40 hours and the Ministry of Labor has decided to unify leave benefits. It will promote five-day weeks and cut the number of national holidays from 19 to 12 days.

2016/01/06 | Shih Yuan

Charging for Scooter Parking in Taipei City Raises Controversy

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je indicates that the government will not administer the policy to all the scooter parking spaces in the city in the next two years. Ko says that if scooters are a cheaper and more convenient mean of transportation, no one would want to take public transportation, so it is necessary to improve the efficiency of public transportation before dealing with the problems of motorcycles.

2015/11/02 | Shih Yuan

Taoyuan Airport to Establish Runway Monitor System to Reinforce Aviation Safety

TIAC (Taoyuan International Airport Company) President David Fei says that the number of aircrafts landing and departing from the airport has grown 10% from 150 thousand to 200 thousand per year, and the increase in aircrafts has affected the erosion of the airstrips.

2016/01/03 | Shih Yuan

Government Promoting Pre-Booking Taxis to Challenge Uber Taiwan

According to the new taxi regulations drafted by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, pre-booking taxis will soon be allowed. The color of these taxis also does not have to be yellow, and they can charge more than normal taxis.

2015/08/27 | Shih Yuan

Starting Salary of NT$22,700 for Substitute Military Service in 2016

The conscripts can negotiate with their bosses regarding salary after they finish their first year of the service period. The salary cannot be lower than the average monthly salary of rookies in the same industry or lower than NT$ 28,000 (approximately US$ 860).

2016/01/07 | Shih Yuan

French Apprentice of Taiwan Legendary Traditional Puppeteer Holds An Exhibition in Taiwan

Legendary Taiwanese traditional puppeteer Li Tian-lu’s apprentice, Jean-Luc Penso, is holding an exhibition called “The Origin of Puppetry” at the Puppetry Art Center of Taipei, presenting many puppets and historical relics from France in hopes of helping the Taiwanese learn how the traditional art has been spread overseas.

2015/11/03 | Shih Yuan

ECCT Annual Report Calls for Taiwanese Companies to Relax Restrictions on Working Hours

Taiwan obviously lags behind in the Asia-Pacific region in attracting foreign talent and is facing a serious challenge in ensuring labor supply and retaining technical talents, not to mention the difficulties in maintaining short-term and mid-term economic growth and competitiveness. The report notes that despite regulations concerning the employment of expats have been loosened in recent years, some unreasonable restrictions still exist.

2015/08/10 | Shih Yuan

Six More Visa-free Countries for ROC Passport Holders

The places include India, Iran, Armenia, Qatar, Ivory Coast and Somalia, leading to a total amount of 148 visa-free countries for ROC passport holders.

2015/09/30 | Shih Yuan

80 Percent of Chinese Students are Satisfied with Studying and Living in Taiwan

The majority of Chinese students hold positive attitudes towards the education with 80.22% of them feeling satisfied with their studies and lives in Taiwan. But there are 85.99% that hope Chinese students can have the same rights as other foreign students regarding scholarships, health care and work permits.

2016/01/16 | Shih Yuan

Taiwan Canada Tax Agreement Signed

The deal expects to avoid double taxation and promote bilateral investments in the future while protecting the rights and interests of overseas Taiwanese in Canada starting from January 1, 2017.

2015/08/18 | Shih Yuan

Taipei City Joint Wedding Opens Up to Same-sex Couples

The second joint wedding in Taipei City this year is scheduled to be held on October 24 and will be the first time same-sex couples are allowed to attend.

2015/11/21 | Shih Yuan

Taiwan's Competitiveness Ranks High, But 85.6% People Still Rather Work Abroad?

91% of interviewees that have worked abroad say their salary was higher than their last job in Taiwan. In general, jobs overseas offer salaries that are 30% higher than what they can get in Taiwan. This shows a huge gap in salary standards inside and outside of Taiwan.

2015/10/13 | Shih Yuan

Kaohsiung to Launch Shared Electric Car System Inspired by Paris

On October 13, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu signed a cooperation agreement with the promoter of the electric car sharing system, Bolloré Group, to welcome them to invest in Kaohsiung. She hopes that Kaohsiung can become the first city to develop a public electric car system in Taiwan.