The president of Xiamen University cited National Taiwan University (NTU) Sunday as the best university in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau with its solid academic foundation and innovation research.
NTU maintains a close connection with the pulse of Taiwanese society and plays a role in boosting social and economic development in Taiwan, Zhu Chongshi said on the Taiwan-held outlying island of Kinmen, where celebrations were held Sunday to mark the upgrading of National Kinmen Institute of Technology to a university.
Zhu noted, meanwhile, that China's universities have progressed fast as well. "They will catch up (with NTU) before long, " he predicted.
On the Kinmen technology institute's upgrading, he said the new university, to be known as National Quemoy University, has great potential to become a top-notch school with the support of National Cheng Kung University in Tainan, southern Taiwan, in addition to Kinmen's long cultural and educational legacy.
Meanwhile, he drummed up support for a Taiwanese government plan to allow Chinese students to study in Taiwan.
Noting that a great many Taiwanese companies have invested in China, with the number exceeding 10,000 in Fujian Province alone, he forecast that Chinese students being allowed to study in Taiwan will eventually be helpful to those Taiwanese companies operating in China.
In related news, Kinmen's Education Bureau said a day earlier that more than 20 Taiwanese universities are planning to set up branches on Kinmen in preparation for the admission of Chinese students.
Kinmen is an ideal location for such students because it is situated near China and Kinmen schools will not be subject to the enrollment quotas for Chinese students that will be in place for universities on Taiwan proper, said bureau chief Li Tsai-hang.
The county government will provide 2.5 hectares of land for use by the universities, Li said.
Ho Cho-fei, director-general of the Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education, who also traveled to Kinmen for the celebrations, said that Taiwanese universities and colleges will be permitted to recruit Chinese students after the University Act, Junior College Law, and the Statute Governing the Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area are amended.
Meanwhile, Kinmen Magistrate Li Wo-shi said the county government will provide scholarships to attract top Chinese students to study on Kinmen, even though universities in Taiwan are prohibited from doing so.
The top 20 students in each class at National Quemoy University will be granted full tuition and fee waivers, Li said.
In addition, the tuition aid and transportation allowance for every student will be raised from NT$ 14,000 to NT$ 20,000, he added.
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