Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Foreign Students Not Worth The Cost: Principal

Why not taking advantage of low tuition fees, ease and easily available scholarships and bursaries to study in Greater China? 

In term of total study cost, HSBC survey ranks China and Taiwan at 13th and 11th respectively with low study cost among 15 destinations for international students to pursuit further education abroad.

Unlike western universities where tuition fees imposed for international students were usually 2 or 3 times more expensive then their domestic students, tuition fees offered to international students who studied in Greater China were heavily subsidized by both governments.

For parents who can't afford to send their children to study abroad, borrow loan and sell your assets to finance children education is not a viable solution. Look for alternatives and you may find an option that can meet your children education needs. 

As international education is getting more expensive each year, so why not consider further education in the countries that offers affordable tuition fees like China and Taiwan a well known study destinations for the high quality with low and affordable tuition fees. Weigh the cost against benefits and look for value for money education other than the traditional destinations like US, UK and Australia. 

Why not enjoy the best of both worlds?

Read full story below:

Foreign students not worth the cost: principal

By Amy Chyan ,The China Post
March 10, 2015, 12:01 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Sun Yat-sen University's (中山大學) principal, Yang Hung-duen (楊弘敦) said recently that the more foreign students who are registered for classes at Taiwanese universities, the more money the government and universities lose.

According to reports, a student studying at a public university in Taiwan costs the government at least NT$300,000 and NT$150,000 at a private university.

In comparison, the yearly tuition fee required from foreign students is only NT$100,000, reports said.

Taiwanese Scholarships
Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU, 台灣團結聯盟) lawmaker Lai Zhen-chang (賴振昌) said that many foreign students take advantage of Taiwanese scholarships to study in Taiwan.

Lai said that, for example, many Mainland Chinese students complete their university studies in Taiwan only to return to China for work.

“The students help China suppress Taiwan and the issue needs to be investigated by the Ministry of Education,” said Lai.

Exchange Students

There are currently 90,000 foreign students studying in Taiwan's universities, with Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong and Malaysian students being the most numerous, according to statistics.

The number of short-term exchange students from China increased from approximately 5,000 pupils in 2010 to 27,000 pupils in 2015.

According to Yang, the cost for Taiwanese institutions to implement exchange programs with Mainland Chinese universities leads to money loss since there are more Chinese students than Taiwanese students that participate in the exchange.

Mainland Chinese exchange students pay tuition to their Chinese institutions so costs are higher for Taiwanese universities, said Yang.

Yang used U.S., Canadian and Australian international student policies to compare the tuition fees that Taiwanese universities charge. Unlike Taiwan, which highly subsidizes foreign students with scholarships and bursaries, the three countries make it two or three times more expensive for international students to attend their universities compared with domestic students and only the most outstanding students receive monetary assistance.

For taxpayers, the increased recruitment of foreign students puts a strain on government funding and depletes resources for domestic students, Yang said.

Deputy Education Minister Chen Der-hua (陳德華) said that the affect of foreign students on Taiwanese students still needs to be ascertained.

According to the Ministry of Education (MOE, 教育部), universities can adjust tuition fees for foreign students at their own discretion, though changes must be reported to the ministry.

The details for short-term exchange programs between Taiwanese universities and international universities can be determined by the two schools involved themselves, said the MOE.

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