More Taiwanese Students Study Here
TAIBEI—Increasing numbers of Taiwanese students are joining the island's "China rush", seeking education on the Chinese mainland.
According to official Chinese figures, the number of Taiwanese students admitted into college and postgraduate programmes on the mainland totalled 461 in 1996, 928 in 1997 and 839 in 1998. Although no latest official numbers were available, Netbig.com said this number had risen between 30 to 50 per cent annually in the past two years with well over 1,000 entering mainland campuses last year.
The Internet site, based in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, provides education service and information on Chinese mainland colleges and universities. "Many Taiwanese believe a Chinese education giving more knowledge about the people and culture in the mainland will increase their chances in the Chinese job market," Netbig.com vice-president Ingrid Huang said. "I believe it will give me hands-on ex-perience in the business field in the Chinese mainland and a better understanding of the Chinese mainland people," said Lydia Chang, a 19-year-old majoring in journalism at Shih Shin University. Chang plans to go on to get a master's degree in business administration in Shanghai, which she says offers the best envi-ronment for such studies.
A journalism graduate student, sumamed Lin, at the National Taiwan University said he would like to study law on the Chinese main-land since "there will be better career prospects for me now that more Taiwanese companies are going there".
Some business executives were sending their children to study in the Chinese main- land. "They hope the children could build up connections which could