Survey praises Taiwan's university tuitions
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's universities are cheaper than those in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, according to a survey published yesterday.
February 2, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Taiwan's tuitions for tertiary education are not only cheaper than its neighbors; its government and universities also offer multiple scholarships and financial assistance, giving it a competitive edge over other Asian countries, said Reader's Digest, which conducted the survey.
The magazine has conducted such a survey on Asia's tertiary education for five years in a row. The latest one sent out questionnaires to its readers in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, and received over 2,600 samples, Reader's Digest said.
About 70 percent of Asian parents think that the total sums of tuitions and related financial assistance are key factors in choosing universities, it said.
The magazine said currently university tuitions in South Korea are twice as high as Taiwan's, while Japan's are three times as high. The tuitions in China and Taiwan are similar.
As tuitions in the U.S. are soaring, some ethnic Chinese-American parents are choosing to have their children complete university education in Taiwan, the magazine said.
Tuitions at some top U.S. universities, such as Stanford, may reach as much as US$40,000 a year, but in Taiwan, the sum may only be less than NT$100,000 at government-run universities — which are usually among the best in the island.