An assessment center to grade the nation's colleges and universities was launched yesterday after one year of preparations.
Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝), in attending the launch ceremony, said that with the trend of globalization, Taiwan's colleges and universities have to compete with top-notch universities in the world.
This will be the first semi-official professional assessment institution, with the Ministry of Education contributing NT$15 million (US$447,760) and the 153 colleges and universities of Taiwan contributing NT$100,000 each.
The first task for the center will be to assess the teaching level of the departments and graduate schools of the universities. The assessment will target the departments related to education, fine arts and physical education in the first year, and the departments and graduate schools will first make self-assessments next March and then the center will make on-site inspections of their schools and conduct second reviews in the second half of 2006.
Center chairman Liu Wei-chi said that the assessment will produce three results - pass, fail or inconclusive.