More Mainland Students Studying in Taiwan Universities
The number of mainland students that are studying in Taiwan universities and residents who are studying in the mainland increases considerably in just a few years. Enrollment increased in the five years since Taiwan universities are officially allowed to enroll and recruit mainland students, even if the recruitment is only open for those coming from eight cities and provinces namely Beijing, Guangdong, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian, Liaoning, Jiangsu and Hubei.
In 2011 around 1,905 students coming from the mainland applied to study in Taiwan. Forty one applied for doctoral programs, 295 applied for master’s degree and the remaining enrolled for undergraduate courses. Based on the University Entrance Committee for Mainland Chinese Students, Taiwan based organization that is responsible for mainland students that are studying in Taiwan. The figures increased rapidly in 2014 after 4,500 students including the 4,000 undergraduates that applied as dozens of public Taiwan universities including the National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University and National Tsing Hua University started recruiting mainland students.
Before only a couple of public universities in Taiwan opened their undergraduates courses to mainland students. Those students were interested in studying in the mainland is strong as shown in 2011 were there are 928 Taiwan students studying on the mainland and the number of students tripled to 2,734 by 2014. In 2013 around 9,310 Taiwan students studied in the mainland when it agreed to open up its schools to Taiwan residents in 1985.