About 3,427 Hong Kong students enrolled in Taiwan universities for their bachelor’s degrees this year, up 65 percent from the same period last year, according to Chinese-language media. This surge of students is attributed to the Hong Kong Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement (Anti-ELAB Movement) that unfolded last year.
Chinese-language newspaper Ming Pao reported on Monday that Hong Kong students can apply to local universities through the “University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students” or directly to the institution of their choice. This year’s application period ended up on March 28.
Some institutions, such as Soochow University, Feng Chia University and the National Sun Yat-sen University, will continue to welcome applications until June or July.
Authorities expect that more than 5,000 people in Hong Kong will apply to study in Taiwan this year thanks to local institutions’ independent admissions and postgraduate programs.
The report quoted Liang Kuan-fen (梁冠芬), chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Middle School Association (香港中文中學聯會), as saying that the rise in applications for undergraduate classes in Taiwan this year may be related to last year’s Anti-ELAB Movement.
Taiwan also offers more degrees and in a less fierce environment, Liang said, adding that Taiwan universities offer subjects that are not offered by their Hong Kong counterparts.
Wu Pao-cheng, a student counseling consultant at the Hok Yau Club, remarked that students may be dissatisfied with the society and Hong Kong’s education system, leading to them deciding to study in Taiwan or planing to emigrate there.
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