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2016/01/13 | Yang
US$595 Million Taiwan National Research Project Retracted due to Multiple Plagiarism
Taiwan government's over-emphasis on producing more papers on Science Citation Index (SCI) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) has resulted in issues where researchers often strive for quick success and instant benefits instead of making long-term plans.
2016/01/12 | Yang
Taiwan Fifth Graders Win Gold Medal for Inventing Automatic Selfie Stick
It takes both hands to expand a traditional selfie stick, which becomes very inconvenient when holding other things. The inconvenience inspired the students' idea of incorporating the feature of automatic umbrellas into traditional selfie sticks.
2015/12/21 | Yuan
High School Students Rush to Major in Science-Related Subjects in Fear of Unemployment
Some students that suggest that high school students shouldn’t have to take compulsory auxiliary courses during winter and summer vacations. But an official from the Education Administration quotes a principal and says that laziness is human nature. If compulsory courses during winter and summer vacations are canceled, do the students have the ability to plan out their time?
2015/12/07 | Kenzo
Languages of Immigrants in Taiwan Will Become Compulsory Classes in Elementary Schools
To help retain the language abilities of the second generation of immigrants, Wu says that the curriculum guideline of 2018 stipulates that elementary school students have to attend related courses, including Taiwanese, Hakka, aboriginal language, as well as languages of immigrants. Junior high school students can select whichever mother tongue they want to learn, and the school has to offer the course as long as a student enrolls.
2015/11/26 | Shih Yuan
Minister of Education says National Health Insurance should be Provided for Mainland Chinese Students
The Minister of Education Wu Se-hwa says from an education point of view, all students coming from outside of Taiwan should be treated the same. Health insurance is provided for overseas Chinese students and foreign students in Taiwan, but not for those from Mainland China, which has led to some disputes on campus.
2015/11/11 | Kenzo
Air Pollution at High, But Standards for Canceling School Absurd
The average PM2.5 level in the US is 12 micrograms, bringing about 110 thousand premature deaths. According to this estimation, there ought to be 30 thousand to 60 thousand casualties in Taiwan, making air pollution more deadly than typhoons.
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.
2015/10/28 | 阿Ken
Taiwanese High Schools Offering Southeast Asian Languages Courses Due To High Demand
At first, the schools only opened courses for European, Japanese and Korean languages, but with the surge in the number of immigrants from Southeast Asia and their second generations, as well as Southeast Asia's rapid economic development, more high schools have started to offer courses for Southeast Asian languages.
2015/10/11 | Yang
Taiwan Universities Might Replace English Departments with Southeast Asian Languages Due To Growing Demand
In regard that the supply of English-speaking talent exceeds the demand, the Ministry of Education considers it necessary to restructure the academic distribution while many scholars are in favor of cutting the amount of English departments and replacing them with departments of Southeast Asian languages and other rare languages.
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.
2015/09/07 | 阿Ken
Investigation Report of Textbook Controversy Says Reporters Were Arrested According to Law
The three reporters that were arrested held a press conference in front of Taipei City Hall this morning and say the investigation report fails to clarify key points of their arrest. They also say reflection and advice of the city government are too empty and merely play around with words.
2015/08/06 | 阿Ken
Taiwan Ministry of Education Withdraws Lawsuit Against Students and Journalists
The police deprived the journalists of communication rights on the night of July 23, which severely damaged the freedom of press. The press will not accept the ministry’s despicable apology.
2015/07/30 | Yang
Students Break into Government Buildings in Honor of Taiwan Textbook Controversy Suicide Victim
The anti new curriculum guideline alliance states that even if Lin’s suicide is blamed on his inability to deal with the stress, his death still calls on people to save the education of Taiwan.
2015/07/30 | Yang
20-year-old Spokesperson of Curriculum Controversy Commits Suicide
The 20-year-old student of Juang Jing Vocational High School was arrested last week for breaking into Ministry of Education and was ruled a NT$ 20,000 (approximately US$ 600) bail by the court.
2015/07/24 | Yuan
33 Protestors Break into the Ministry of Education
33 students and civilians protesting alterations made to curriculum guidelines climbed over the walls surrounding the Ministry of Education and broke into the building.