The Ministry of Education is the highest administrative body in charge of national educational affairs, and its mission is to promote national educational, sports and youth development affairs, and to raise the overall quality of education and the nation’s competitiveness. Education should think from the viewpoint of the student, and the design of the system should think and adapt for the student, therefore the Ministry of Education holds as its policy focus that “the citizen’s right to learn should replace the right to a basic education, and provide education that is genuinely learner-centered.” The students are what education is all about and their development is at its core. We are building a diversified education system, and planning education measures for adaptive learning, to provide students with opportunities to discover the world and learn from nature, help basic education take root in order to nurture the future student of the new era. Talent is the basis for national development, the expression of international competitiveness, and education is the cradle of talent nurturing. No matter whether it is preschool education, basic education, technological and vocational education, higher education or lifelong education, each phase is a key element of assisting the individual to realize himself. How to help the next generation acquire the ability of responding to a changing environment, while at the same time holding humanistic qualities and social empathy, is an important topic of present educational work. Educational workers must take the basic nature of education as their starting point, and continuously reflect on the mutual suitability of the educational system and of current trends, and only then will it be possible to nurture an appropriately talented next generation.
The Ministry of Education is currently implementing the following important policies, including:1.The New Southbound Talent Development Program
The Ministry of Education has recently actively encouraged foreign students to come and study in Taiwan, using the “New Southbound Policy” to design the “New Southbound Talent Development Program” in order to offer a quality educational environment, education of professional talent in both directions, and expand bilateral exchanges between young academics and students of both sides, while simultaneously developing a platform for bilateral education cooperation. In the future, the Ministry of Education will also assist the relevant organizations to cooperate, and develop substantial educational exchange channels, further deepening relations with partner countries.2.Taiwan’s Plans to Respond to the Trend of Fewer Children
Planning a “complete care system for the ages 0 to 5,” offer adequate, qualitative, affordable childcare services with the aim of expanding childcare services and reduce the burden on parents. The most important element is to add to the number of public preschools, and to increase the size of the public supply, as well as establishing a semi-public criterium, and sign agreements to cooperate with private preschools which meet the requirements and allow them to become semi-public preschools, and offer childcare services at prices close to public preschools.3.Youth Education and Employment Savings Account Project
In order to offer students the opportunity of professional exploration and graduates employment, expand the opportunities for youths to experience international studies and raise their international competitiveness, the Ministry of Education set up a savings account, supplying students with funds to study, work, create or experience studies.4.Support Project for Excellent Athletes
Provide excellent athletes with channels for advancement, life care, study counseling, study subsidies and technical and medical sports assistance, counseling, match and support athletes to find work, offer prizes for excellent athletes and trainers in sports competitions.5.Sustained Progress and Rise of Universities in Taiwan
Subsidize plans related to education innovation at universities, establish criteriums for supporting and assisting student development, encourage universities to increase their contributions to local areas or society, assist universities in promoting internationalization, recruiting international teachers and researchers. Implement the innovation of education, increase the public element of higher education, develop the individual characteristics of schools in order to perfect the aim of social responsibility.
In the future, the Ministry of Education will continue to realistically promote each type of education policy, and establish positive partnership relationships with each area, and invest even more resources and effort, developing a new pattern for education together.