Ministry of Education to investigate overseas recruitment in schools

A university official has been arrested and another released on bail over allegations of labor exploitation of Ugandan students

  • By Wu Po-hsuan, Rachel Lin and Jake Chung / Staff Reporters, with a Staff Writer

Universities’ efforts to recruit foreign students outside established programs will come under closer scrutiny, the education ministry said yesterday, after Ugandan students accused Chung Chou University of Science and Technology of using them as workers.

The ministry said it received a complaint on January 10 from students claiming that the university failed to deliver on its promises when recruiting them and instead exploited them as laborers.

Last Friday, police questioned the director of the university’s Education Promotion Department, surnamed Lan (藍), and its vice president, surnamed Chai (柴), the ministry said.

Photo: Rachel Lin, Taipei Times

Chai and Lan were suspected of violating the Human Trafficking Prevention Law (人口販運防制法), the Employment Services Law (就業服務法) and the Penal Code, it said. -he adds.

The Changhua District Court approved prosecutors’ request to detain Lan, but released Chai on NT$300,000 bail.

The ministry told the Central News Agency yesterday that the university is suspected of violating the Universities Law (大學法) and the Regulations Regarding International Students Undertaking Studies in Taiwan (外國學生來台就學辦法), and that it is forbidden to host other foreign students. students.

The school must conduct an internal investigation, the ministry said, adding that university president Huang Ssu-lun (黃思倫) has tendered his resignation.

Separately, the ministry said it would launch a general review in March of the quality of education that Taiwanese universities provide to foreign students.

If any universities failed the exam, they would be supported by four designated schools, one in the north, south, east and west of the country, he said.

Vice Education Minister Lio Mon-chi (劉孟奇) said the ministry will hold unannounced inspections, focusing on irregular schedules, class organization, language classes taught and others. aspects.

The ministry has a list of 20 universities considered to be at high risk of exploiting their students, Lio said, adding that the review would also include 158 professional colleges.

Chairman of the Association of Private Universities and Colleges of Technology Ko Tzu-hsiang (葛自祥) expressed his understanding of the ministry’s concerns, saying a unified standard should be adopted across all universities and vocational schools.

Private Education Association Chairman Tang Yen-po (唐彥博) said the ministry should announce inspections at least a day in advance, adding that the ministry should also make new laws regulating the area.

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