Taipei, China universities forge cooperation deal


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Two colleges in Taiwan and China have forged a cooperation program that it is hoped will create a new forum for attracting Chinese students to Taiwan, its chairman said yesterday.

Taipei College of Maritime Technology Chairman Lin Chao rung said at a press conference that his school plans to help Quanzhou Normal University in China’s Fujian Province establish three new departments — shipping business management, marine engineering and navigation.

The college will send teaching faculty in these fields to China to help train teachers, Lin added.

The three departments are scheduled to recruit 150 students who will study for two years in Quanzhou and one year in Taipei, and will complete a year-long internship in China, Lin said.

The coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong experience a shortfall of more than 20,000 maritime workers every year, said Lin.

Meanwhile, other schools in China, especially in Xiamen, are seeking cooperation with the college as the coastal China tourism market opens up, Lin said.