Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter urges univer­si­ties to find new fund­ing

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Wu Se-hwa said Thurs­day that it is im­pos­si­ble for Tai­wan to in­crease its bud­get for higher ed­u­ca­tion in the short term and that univer­si­ties have to think about how to so­licit more fund­ing them­selves.

Wu noted that while other coun­tries have been step­ping up their in­vest­ment in higher ed­u­ca­tion, Tai­wan has re­mained sta­ble in this re­gard, mean­ing that there has been no in­crease in in­vest­ment.

“The bud­get for ed­u­ca­tion is fixed and can­not be in­creased in the short term,” Wu said, urg­ing the na­tion’s univer­si­ties “to tap new sources of fund­ing them­selves.”

“The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion will also think about how to so­licit more re­sources to al­low the con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the univer­si­ties,” he said.

Wu was speak­ing on the side­lines of a leg­isla­tive hear­ing when he was asked about the global rank­ing of Na­tional Tai­wan Univer­sity by the Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion mag­a­zine fall­ing 12 spots to 167th place this year, or the low­est in the world rank­ings in 12 years.

Phil Baty, an editor re­spon­si­ble for the rank­ings, said that Tai­wan has tra­di­tion­ally had a strong univer­sity sys­tem, but needs more sup­port from the gov­ern­ment and more fund­ing to help its univer­si­ties stay com­pet­i­tive.

NTU Pres­i­dent Yang Pan chyr said that dif­fer­ent rank­ings are based on dif­fer­ent in­di­ca­tors and that he will take them into con­sid­er­a­tion. He also ex­pressed hope that the public will not judge the school by a sin­gle rank­ing.

He added that NTU is mainly con­strained by the fact that its co­op­er­a­tion with in­dus­try is not as ac­tive as in some other coun­tries, and said he will make more ef­forts in this re­gard.

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