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Taiwan students on mainland given level fees
By Qin Jize in Beijing and Xing Zhigang in Xiamen (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-25 05:55

Taiwanese students studying at Chinese mainland universities will pay the same tuition fees as their mainland peers starting this coming term.

They also will become the beneficiaries of a newly launched scholarship fund, which will distribute funds of 7 million yuan (US$864,000) each year.

The move was announced at a press conference in Beijing yesterday by Dai Xiaofeng, director of the Department for Exchange of the Office for Taiwan Affairs of the State Council.

When the new university term begins next month, Taiwanese students will be charged the same tuition and boarding fees as their mainland classmates, living in the same dorms and studying at the same colleges, Dai said.

Wu Guosheng, an official with the Ministry of Finance, said a scholarship would be awarded to 20 per cent of Taiwanese students studying on the mainland each year.

The ministry will also offer special subsidies of about 8,000 yuan (US$918) per student per year to institutions that enrol Taiwanese students, based on the extra educational costs they incur, Wu said.

Ding Yuqiu, deputy director of the Office for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan under the Ministry of Education, said Taiwanese students who apply for the scholarship fall into two categories: those enrolled from the joint examination and those enrolled by 10 universities in Fujian and Guangdong provinces that have a separate right to recruit students from Taiwan.

The new policy has been widely applauded by undergraduates.
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