The sector’s too samey (Taiwan)

Taiwan’s higher education sector is being spoiled by a glut of “homogen-ised universities”, a senior tourism-industry figure has claimed. Stanley Yen, chairman of the Alliance Culture Foundation, made the remarks in a speech in Taipei, adding that universities were not teaching the practical skills needed locally. He said that although more than 800,000 Taiwanese citizens had postgraduate degrees, it was doubtful whether many were able to channel their knowledge into their careers. Despite the fact that local universities were losing their distinctiveness, he claimed that politicians were still driving through the construction of new institutions. With this in mind, he argued that it was imperative for Taiwan to start to attract overseas students because capacity will soon outstrip demand, Focus Taiwan News Channel reported.

Source: Times Higher Education