Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Taiwan hopes that discussions with Malaysia on having the Southeast Asian country recognize all degrees issued in Taiwan will be successfully concluded by September, Minister of Education Wu Ching-ji said Monday.
At present, Malaysia only recognizes Taiwanese degrees earned in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmacology and engineering, which Wu said was because of internal issues, without elaborating.
Ho Jow-fei, head of the Ministry of Education's Department of Higher Education, recently visited Malaysia to further the talks, Wu said.
Taiwan is stepping up education ties with Malaysia as part of its push to promote the higher education sector, which has become one of the country's top 10 service sectors, the minister said.
Getting Malaysia to recognize all diplomas issued in Taiwan would pave the way for more Malaysian students to study in the country, but other efforts are also being made to recruit students.
In July, Wu led more than 200 professors from 70 Taiwanese universities to a Taiwan higher education fair in Malaysia. He said the two-day fair attracted over 10,000 visitors, some of whom traveled for seven hours just to attend it.
The Ministry of Education has also targeted other Asian countries as potential sources of students.
Vietnam will send 500 elite students to Taiwan for graduate studies over the next 10 years, and Thailand will send 600 students on scholarships over the next five years.
India and Indonesia will also send 2,000 students and 1,000 college professors, respectively, to Taiwan for further studies in the coming five years, Wu said. (By Lin Szu-yu and Carol Hsieh) Enditem/ls