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China’s Beijing University wants joint degrees with National Taiwan University

China’s Beijing University wants joint degrees with National Taiwan University

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Taiwan University said Tuesday it was willing to cooperate with China’s Beijing University in designing joint study programs resulting in double diplomas.
Beijing University President Zhou Qifeng, on his first official visit to Taiwan, said he would like to see both schools offer joint M.A. and Ph.D. diplomas, while professors could supervise students’ papers together.
NTU Vice President Chen Tai-jan said he was optimistic this could be realized, on the condition it complied with Ministry of Education policies. The government first had to approve the recognition of Chinese diploma’s, Chen said.
The two prestigious schools reached agreements Tuesday on cooperation in the fields of climate change, environmental research, telecommunications, cancer and contagious diseases, reports said. The exchange of professors and students will rise significantly, Chen said.
Zhou’s delegation included representatives from institutes active in medicine, mathematics, economics and engineering, and took part in a seminar about educational cooperation between Taiwan and China.
Chen said that in the future institutes within NTU would be allowed to initiate direct contacts with counterparts in China. Zhou praised his school, saying some of his institutes already had joint diploma agreements with colleges in the United States, and that it would be positive to have similar programs with Taiwan.
Zhou also expressed his approval of a recent measure by the Chinese government to accept certain diplomas from Taiwan, allowing Taiwanese senior high school graduates to enter Chinese universities without having to participate in certain Chinese entrance examinations.
Zhou said China respected and appreciated the level of Taiwanese graduates. He also expressed regret that the Taiwanese government had not yet decided to recognize Beijing University diplomas.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party and education action groups have opposed the recognition of the Chinese diplomas because they fear it will lead to an invasion of Chinese students eventually taking away jobs from Taiwanese graduates amid record unemployment.