Top Taiwanese Universities Fail to Meet English Course Standards

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news we speak about a new bill that could allow foreign universities to set up their campuses in the Philippines, huge opposition to government's tuition waiver conditions in Japan and top Taiwanese universities' failure to meet English course standards.

New bill will allow foreign universities’ campuses in Philippines

A bill that would allow the best foreign universities to establish their campuses in the Philippines was filed, reports Manila Bulletin. Higher Education Internationalization Act was proposed by Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel. With this bill, foreign universities could set up their branches in this country. Pimentel stated: “Getting some of the finest schools in the United States and elsewhere to run extension campuses here is the quickest way for us to capture a bigger slice of the global international student population now estimated at 4.6 million.”

70 percent of Japanese national universities are opposed to government’s tuition waiver conditions, a survey shows

A Mainichi Shimbun survey has found that there is a huge opposition to government’s requirements of hiring more outside directors and instructors with practical experience in order to be eligible for the system to make higher education free of charge. In contrast to this, only 10 per cent of universities agreed with the policy. Because of the so-called equal opportunity in education, there a spread of the idea that government should not interfere in the academic world. As a part of the ”New Economic Policy Package”, the plan to make higher education free of charge was approved by the Cabinet last year. This law is planned to go into effect from 2020, reports Mainichi.

Top Taiwanese universities fail to meet English course standards

Taiwan News reports that four of Taiwan’s top-ranked national universities, namely Chenggong University, Taiwan University, Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University do not meet the minimum criteria for English course offerings. Only 10 per cent of total courses offered in these universities are in English. Since 2007, these universities were also part of the ”Higher Education Programs” and granted large sums of money. The investigation will be carried out in order to determine what efforts these institutions are taking to improve the environment for teaching English.

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