Taiwan launches program to draw on research by Ph.D. students
Central News Agency
2014-09-01 10:39 PM
Taipei, Sept. 1 (CNA) Taiwan will provide up to NT$1 million (US$33,398) per person in subsidies to Ph.D. students whose research presents solutions to the problems in Taiwan's industrial sector, the Ministry of Education said Monday. The ministry said it will introduce a program to encourage cooperation between the industrial and the academic sectors to foster research and development by Ph.D. students, starting this academic year. Ma Hsiang-ping, deputy director of the ministry's Department of Higher Education, noted that the jobless rate among Ph.D. holders in Taiwan averages 5 percent. The ministry is launching the subsidy program also to help upgrade the competitiveness of the Ph.D. holders and narrow the gap between their studies and job opportunities, Ma said. He said that if Ph.D. students could acquire practical R&D experience in the industrial sector, they will gain a competitive edge when they graduate and begin to look for jobs. As an incentive, each Ph.D. student will be eligible to a subsidy of NT$200,000 per year for up to five years, Ma said. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Lilian Wu)
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