The Ministry of Education has officially approved the merger of National Tsing Hua University, or NTHU, with National Hsinchu University of Education, and the deal will become effective on Nov 1.
National Tsing Hua University and National Hsinchu University of Education have finally tied the knot with the symbolic ceremony of putting the two pieces of a puzzle together.
==HO CHENG HONG, NTHU President==
The NTHU has been lacking in the discipline of art. Students have long been asking for more art courses.
==LIN CHI-HUI, Nat'l Hsinchu U of Education VP==
After the merger, with NTHU's middle school education programs, we will be able to offer comprehensive training programs for K-12 teachers.
After the merger, NTHU will have two new colleges, the college of education and the college of arts. Overlapping departments, including applied mathematics, applied science, and Chinese, will stop taking new students. The number of students will increase to 16,000. Faculty members will grow from 600 to almost 1,000. Admission will start in 2017.
I hope there will be more general education courses and more teachers.
The decision was rushed, but I think ultimately it's a good thing for both the NTHU and the NHCUE.
Some NTHU students believe that the merger is beneficial, but the decision-making process, questionable, because student opinions have not been included. NTHU Department of Material Science Professor Chou Cho-hui criticized the school's blatant disregard for due process in pursuit of university ranking and said the president should resign for that.
==CHOU CHO-HUI, NTHU Prof.==
Major decisions require a 2/3 majority to pass, but the merge just got a 1/2 majority vote. Due process has not been followed. This is a violation of the democratic process.
Ho said he will continue to communicate with students who oppose the merger. Students said they just hope that the merger will bring more resources to benefit them.
TRANSLATED BY：CHRISTINA LIU
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