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Taiwans annual university admissions tests are taking place this week.  Tens of thousands of students are trying to give the right answers to math and language questions. High scores permit students to enter the top schools.

However, these tests will not be in place for much longer. The current examinations require that students memorize facts in high school classes.  They do not test critical thinking or creative problem solving abilities.

Officials in Taiwan plan to change the admissions test to also measure imagination and the ability to innovate.

Taiwanese officials see the progress China and South Korea are making in the information technology field. By comparison, Taiwan is losing technology business. There is concern that younger people are afraid of the risk of starting a company or inventing something.

The Ministry of Education wants to encourage young Taiwanese to innovate. So, it will begin a new selection process for university students. They hope the best schools will start to accept people with new business ideas.

The new admissions policy will take effect in 2018. It will include personal interviews with interested students. The Ministry wants high school graduates to show they excelled outside of class.

Ma Hsiang-ping is the ministrys deputy director for higher education. She told VOA the new exam system will look for people interested in invention or starting businesses.

She said Taiwan will lose competitiveness if all the inventing is done in other countries. She said the ministry hopes new admissions policies will reshape the 12-year public education system. She said is should not focus only on memorization of facts but also on the growth of other skills. Ms. Ma said that the written admissions test should be used only to show that a student has basic knowledge.

Chang Wei-chun is a third-year law student at Ming Chuan University in Taipei. The student said Taiwans educational reforms should carry into higher education.

Chang Wei-chun said that officials should promote innovation in classes at universities. The student said many students will not risk doing inventive work because their university education remains traditional.

Taiwan is dependent largely on high-tech exports.  The Swiss business school, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) made a list of the most competitive countries in 2014. Taiwan was at number 13, but Singapore was number 3 and Hong Kong was number 4. These numbers worry Taiwanese officials.

About 300,000 students graduate each year from the almost 150 universities in Taiwan. The results of this years exams will decide the admissions of 146,000 people. Many are seeking admission to the 10 highest-rated schools.

I'm Jill Robbins.

 文本来源于LK英语乐园[report整理] SENEWS-2015-02-05









Chang Wei-chun是台北铭传大学法律系大三学生。他表示,台湾的教育改革应该延伸至高等教育。

Chang Wei-chun表示,有关官员应该在大学课程中推进创新。许多学生因为其大学教育仍然维持传统而不愿意冒险做创造性工作。



我是Jill Robbins