MOE approves tuition fee rises for 9 colleges
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.