Ministry of Education Increases Support for CTU-Involved Plan to Aid Regional High Schools
On August 19, the Ministry of Education announced it would increase by NT$1 million its financial support of a strategic plan to support high schools in the Taichung, Changhua, and Nantou areas.
The Plan for the Formation of a Strategic Association of Vocational and Comprehensive High Schools in the Taichung, Changhua, and Nantou Regions was developed by Chienkuo Technology University, the National Taichung Institute of Technology, and the National Taichung Nursing College. Its purpose is to provide high schools in the region with resources from professional technical colleges in order to raise students’ educational opportunities and prepare them for higher education while also promoting research and academic-industry cooperation.
The plan was formed in 2007 and supported by a sum of NT$3.5 million from the Ministry of Education. Based upon the success of the plan since its inception, the Ministry of Education will increase its support to NT$4.5 million.
The program currently supports ten high schools: the National Shiou Shuei Senior Industrial Vocational High School, Da Der Commercial Technical Vocational School, National Nantou Senior High School, Yuanlin Vocational School, National Erh Lin Industrial and Commercial Vocational High School, Zhi Yong Senior High School, National Lu Kang Senior High School, National Yeong Jing Industrial Vocational High School, National Peitou Senior Home Economic and Commercial Vocational High School, and the National Nantou Commercial High School.
CTU President Huang Yen-Fei stated that the cooperative plan creates benefits that are not merely “one plus one equals two,” but “one plus one equals greater than two.”
Huang further pointed out that, although this particular project is only in its second year, CTU has even greater experience in inter-school cooperation, with six years of cooperative projects with 53 senior and vocational high schools.
He stated that cooperation is power, and through it, schools can share resources, raise the quality of teaching, and produce more well-educated students.