University entry exam overhaul aims to spur innovation

Taiwan’s annual university admissions exams took place recently as tens of thousands sweated over mathematics and language questions to get into top schools. But the exams, that depend exclusively on memorisation of high school class content, are in their final years as officials worry they put Taiwan at a competitive disadvantage, writes Ralph Jennings for Voice of America.

Taiwanese officials believe their economy is losing ground to neighbours such as China and South Korea as younger people often shun the risks of starting a company or inventing the next line of high-tech hardware.

To improve the country’s prospects for innovation, the Ministry of Education will roll out a new screening process for university students so top schools can accept more enterprising people. The new system, effective from 2018, will include personal interviews and let high school graduates show they excelled outside class, not just memorised material as taught.
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