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Ministry of Education Objectives for 2014 (January-December)

Ministry of Education Objectives for 2014 (January-December)
  1. Implement the White Paper on Human Resource Development, focusing on the education and training of high-quality human resource in Taiwan and the recruiting of highly-professional people from overseas, to comprehensively boost national development, and enhance Taiwan’s international competitiveness.
  2. Establish world-class universities and cutting edge research centers, and encourage teaching excellence at the university level; implement evaluation and transformation mechanisms for improving research and teaching at universities; coordinate and align the training of highly-skilled people in the field of higher education with industry needs; increase cross-strait academic exchanges to improve universities’ research, teaching, and international competitiveness.
  3. Implement Phase 2 of the Technological and Vocational Education Reform plan, and train highly-skilled technology professionals; reduce the existing training-employment gap; align technological and vocational education and training to meet industry needs; establish exemplary universities of science and technology; assist universities develop their particular focus; redefine the core values of technological and vocational education; and enhance its international competitiveness.
  4. Promote teachers’ pre-service training and education, and in-service continuing professional development (CPD); enhance the quality of elementary and secondary school teachers; promote enacting legislation setting up an evaluation system for elementary school and junior high school teachers; establish professional development mechanisms for teachers; phase in equal pay and conditions for public and private school teachers; promote institutionalizing teachers’ pay and conditions in law and practice; make access to art and aesthetic education universally available, and maintain and nature the inherent qualities of Taiwan’s people.
  5. Implement the 12-year basic educational system; phase in tuition-free education, admission without entrance exam, and targeted enrollments in all vocational and senior high schools; improve the quality of vocational and senior high schools; strive for the balanced development of vocational and senior high schools in all regions.
  6. Reduce class sizes in elementary and junior high schools; increase the number of teachers in elementary schools; increase the number of teachers for smaller class-size teaching; eliminate the discrepancy between urban and rural areas regarding the teacher supply; construct quality environments in elementary and junior high schools; boost after-school care programs; accelerate the renovation and rebuilding of dilapidated elementary and junior high school buildings; put in place management of school-provided food and drinks; and enhance the quality of school dining services.
  7. Construct safe, high-quality learning environments for young pre-school children; promote pre-school education and care work; ensure the quality of pre-school education and care; and provide tuition-free pre-school education and care for 5-year-olds.
  8. Integrate measures assisting socially-economically disadvantaged students attend school to practically address social justice concerns; put in place further measures associated with the Education Safety Net; implement inclusive education for students with disabilities; safeguard disadvantaged students’ right to education; enhance indigenous peoples’ classroom competitiveness and develop their multi-faceted potential; safeguard aboriginal students’ right to education.
  9. Put in place a lifelong learning system, and vigorously promote lifelong learning and activity; integrate the resources of government and the general public, and widely promote family education services; in response to the rising percentage of elderly people in the population, make ongoing education locally available for all senior citizens; promote innovation of services provided by educational facilities for the public; provide a diverse multi-faceted range of lifelong learning resources; focus more strongly on innovative use of library spaces and facilities, and create quality reading environments and habits.
  10. Strengthen student affairs and counseling work; institute gender equality, life, human rights, and character education; prevent campus bullying and student drug abuse; increase the management of students’ health; create friendly, healthy, and safe high quality campus environments; increase the number of special education and counseling professionals; develop a more comprehensive administrative support network.
  11. Dramatically improve the backbone of the Taiwan Academic Network (TANet); strengthen security features protecting teaching institutions’ data; enhance students’ e-learning abilities; thoroughly address reducing the digital gap between city schools and schools in the countryside; promote information ethics and online safety; build environmentally sustainable campuses; increase teachers’ and students’ environmental literacy, and their ability to prevent disasters and deal with contingencies and change.
  12. Raise the teaching quality in overseas Taiwanese schools and schools in the Mainland area for the children of Taiwanese business people; strengthen international academic cooperation and exchange, and make courses in Taiwan Studies globally available; expand overseas Mandarin Chinese language education and the wider education industry globally; promote the export of Taiwan’s higher education industry; attract outstanding people to come and study in Taiwan; continue to create and maintain a friendly environment for international students.
  13. Assist young people to explore career options and develop their potential talents and abilities to make them more employable; build stronger links between schools and workplaces; encourage young people to engage in public affairs; promote youth volunteering, charity work, and service-learning; promote young people taking part in international events, travelling outside Taiwan, and expanding their international experience.
  14. Focus more strongly on physical education being taught in schools; upgrade students’ physical fitness; promote public participation in sports, and create an “island that enjoys being physically active”; train potentially outstanding athletes, and raise our athletic competitiveness.
  15. Enhance Taiwan’s international profile by assisting with preparations to hold the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, and by bidding for the right to host other major international competitions; create a quality environment for further development of the sports industry, and enhance the willingness of those in the sports industry to invest and participate in other ways here.