MOE ap­proves tu­ition fee rises for 9 col­leges

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY SUN HSIN-HSUAN

Nine out of 23 col­leges that ap­plied for an in­crease to the tu­ition fees they charge were given ap­proval by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE) yesterday.

For the com­ing term, tu­ition fees with be raised by 1.89 per­cent to 2.5 per­cent for nine univer­si­ties, namely Dayeh Univer­sity ( ), Shih Chien Univer­sity ( ), Taoyuan In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (

), Jin­wen Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy ( ), Na­tional Ilan Univer­sity (

), Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (

), Na­tional Taipei Universtiy of Tech­nol­ogy ( ), Chung Hua Univer­sity ( ) and Cheng Shiu Univer­sity (

). Ac­cord­ing to MOE Depart­ment of High Ed­u­ca­tion chief Huang Wen-ling ( ), due to eco­nomic or po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, ap­pli­ca­tions for tu­ition fee rises have only been ap­proved twice since 2008; once in 2008 and again in 2014. This year the as­sess­ment com­mit­tee passed nine ap­pli­ca­tions — the high­est num­ber ever, Huang said.

The main rea­sons for the MOE to deny an ap­pli­ca­tion in­clude lack of suf­fi­cient pro­gram­ming in aca­demic as­sis­tance for stu­dents, in­com­plete bud­get plans, as well as pro­ce­dural prob­lems.

Na­tional Chengchi Univer­sity ( NCCU, ), which was where the cur­rent Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-Hwa ( ) served as pres­i­dent, was re­jected due to pro­ce­dural prob­lems as well, Huang said. “A meet­ing with stu­dents is re­quired to dis­cuss their opin­ions on tu­ition fee rises. It should be held ev­ery year be­fore ap­pli­ca­tion. NCCU did so in 2014, how­ever not this year,” she said.

Based on cal­cu­la­tions con­ducted by MOE of­fi­cials, tu­ition fees for the nine col­leges will be raised from NT$500 to NT$1,300 per stu­dent, per term. Fac­ing the high­est hike will be the en­gi­neer­ing de­part­ments — as for other de­part­ments, the ad­di­tional fee will be less than NT$1,000, Huang said.

Michael J. K. Chen ( ), pres­i­dent of Shih Chen Univer­sity, said that op­po­si­tion to tu­ition fee rises were “over­whelm­ing,” there­fore the as­sess­ment was con­ducted strictly and care­fully. “The re­sults are fair,” he said.

Tu­ition Hike Should En­hance

Qual­ity of Ed­u­ca­tion: Wu

Wu has ex­pressed pos­i­tive opin­ions re­gard­ing tu­ition fee rises since he took of­fice, say­ing that by plan­ning for them, school ad­min­is­tra­tions should work with teach­ers and stu­dents, and aim to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. “This is the demon­stra­tion of up­grad­ing the level of schools,” he said, say­ing that the ad­di­tional tu­ition fees should be spent en­tirely for ed­u­ca­tional qual­ity im­prove­ment pur­poses, es­pe­cially for hir­ing teach­ers.

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