TAIWAN: Education Ministry to subsidise top research

Taiwan's Education Minister Wu Ching-chi said last week that the country's second five-year NT$50 billion (US$1.6 billion) programme to upgrade the nation's universities into top academic research centres, will focus on subsidising top-notch, single-field academic research, reports Taiwan News.

Speaking at a Legislative Yuan committee, Wu said details of the programme were being discussed by a group of professors and experts led by Wong Chi-Huey, President of Academia Sinica, the most prestigious academic institution in Taiwan.

Wu said the programme will mostly focus on subsidising single-field research, such as the cognitive neuroscience research at National Yang-ming University and the photonics research at National Chiao Tung University. Each year, the programme will provide NT$10 billion in subsidies, Wu added. National Taiwan University (NTU) ranked among the world's top 100 universities for the first time this year.
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