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Taiwan to see largest university merger in its history

Three tech universities on island planning to become one

Presidents of the three universities to be merged (CNA photo)

Presidents of the three universities to be merged (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A proposed merger of three universities in Taiwan could mark the largest of its kind in the history of the island’s tertiary education.

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (台灣科技大學), National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (屏東科技大學), and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology (雲林科技大學) have announced plans to consolidate into a single new university. Approval by their respective administrations is required for the plan to go ahead and is expected as early as the end of the year, reported Liberty Times.

The Ministry of Education has expressed support for the merger, according to the presidents of the universities, who made the announcement at a joint press conference last week. It will incorporate the resources of all three schools, thereby attaining a greater competitive edge and increased international profile, said one of the schools’ educators.

The “new” university will have more than 1,200 faculty and 32,000 students, wrote the Liberty Times. There is no timetable for the merger, but the universities' heads are reportedly eyeing the status of a top-tier Asian academic institution in three to five years.

A consensus has also apparently been reached on the name of the merged university. According to the report, it is likely to be christened “Taiwan University of Science and Technology."