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Ranking sixth place, NCHU receives NT$350 million budget for the Taiwan higher education cultivation program

2018-02-22
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The Ministry of Education announced the reviewing result of the higher education cultivation program and approved a sum of approximately NT$ 350 million budget to the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU). This amount is deemed as recognition in the outstanding success of NCHU. NCHU ranked number six among all the universities in Taiwan. NCHU’s approved budget was significantly large and ranking behind the five universities that include National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, National Tsing Hua University National Chiao Tung University and National Central University.

The total funding for the higher education cultivation program is NT$ 17.4 billion. The first part of the expenditure is expected to be used for the “comprehensive improvement of the quality and diverse development of universities” and the estimated budget is about NT$8.8 billion, while the second part summed in the amount of NT$700 million (including NT$700 million from the Ministry of Science and Technology) is to be used on “increasing international competiveness and strengthening research capacity”. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education has also allocated approximately NT$2.6 billion to support students from less privileged social groups . The first part of the funding are allocated equally between the “comprehensive universities” and technological and vocational colleges and each receives NT$4.4 billion. 20% of the total amount in each grant is given according to the size of the school, while 80% of that grant is decided according to final evaluating result.

The second part comprises of NT4.4 billion to the “comprehensive universities” and NT$2 billion to universities with research centers in unique areas. Accordingly, National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, National Tsing Hua University National Chiao Tung University are the four universities in the “comprehensive universities” category, while National Chung Hsing University’s three research centers cleared the evaluation, including the Advance Plant Biotech Research Center, Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Development Center and Birds and Animal Genetic Resources Biotech Research Center.
Furthermore, in order to encourage engagement of universities in local social responsibility, the Ministry of Education launched a pilot project “University Social Responsibility” (USR) in 2017. In 2018, enhancing social responsibility is one of the four priorities in the higher education cultivation program.

At the same time, Lin Shiun-Long(林荀龍), professor at the National Chung Hsing University proposed a project that targeting improving social prosperity through the reduction of stray animal population. His project was approved and a team consisting of Chung Hsing University veterinarians and Taichung animal protection department and animal rights organizations will be formed to work on reducing stray population and improving medical care in rural areas.

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