Two Kaohsiung Universities in Merger Talks|中山大學拋併高醫大 公私校合併難度高


National Sun Yat-sen University previously raised the possibility of a merger with Kaohsiung Medical University. However, as it is difficult for private and public schools to merge, this plan was scrapped and National University of Kaohsiung became the next contender. Officials from both schools have already called on each other, and have tentatively agreed to merge the two universities under the precondition that the "National Sun Yat-sen University" name would be retained.


In March, National University of Kaohsiung President Leon Wang led a delegation of school officials including vice presidents to National Sun Yat-sen University for a visit. In April, National Sun Yat-sen University President Cheng Ying-yao paid a return visit to National University of Kaohsiung. The issue that was discussed during both meetings was the feasibility of a merger between the two schools.

I think it would be great to have a medical school (after the merger), because I wish to take related courses but have no way of doing it here.

National Yang-Ming University and National Chiao Tung University complement each other quite well, because one is focused on natural sciences and the other is focused on mathematical sciences. The degree of overlap between our two schools is higher, so the value of similar departments may become less.

National Sun Yat-sen University currently has 9,000 students, and meets the requirements for a merger with another school. A decade ago, it submitted a merger application to the Ministry of Education. However, it withdrew the application following backlash from students. The university says it is seeking a merger because it wants to integrate resources and develop the idea that one plus one is greater than two. Such a merger depends on National University of Kaohsiung agreeing to use the name "National Sun Yat-sen University" after the merger.

A public hearing is an assessment. Students, teachers, and administrative staff can assess and plan. If they have any doubts about this issue or better ideas, they can be incorporated into the planning process.

The university adds the school will hold 15 public hearings during April to gather opinions. If it discovers any major obstacles along the way, it may scrap the merger idea. Meanwhile, National University of Kaohsiung has already established a task force to handle merger-related arrangements. A merger resolution was passed during a school affairs meeting last year, and another school affairs meeting will be held in May to discuss and confirm using the name "National Sun Yat-sen University" after the merger. If everything proceeds smoothly, a cross-school task force will be set up in May.



上個月,高雄大學校長王學亮帶領副校長等行政主管來到中山大學拜訪,這個月則由校長鄭英耀回訪高雄大學,雙方互動密切,都是為了討論中山大學與高雄大學合併的可行性。

中山大學學生表示:「我覺得(合併後)有醫學系滿好的,因為我自己也有想修類似的課,可是這裡就沒辦法。」

中山大學學生表示:「陽明跟交大(合併),不是就是一個是偏三類組、一個是二類組,就是互補性比較高,我們(兩校)重複性比較高,就會覺得, 相同科系的學歷,可能會貶值。」

中山大學目前學生9千多人,符合應與其他學校合併的資格,10幾年前,也曾將併校的計畫送教育部,但因學生反彈做罷。這次重提,中山表示,是希望結合資源,發揮1+1大於2的概念,不過兩校合併得在高雄大學同意兩校合併後校名沿用「中山大學」的前提下。

中山大學副校長 蔡秀芬表示:「公聽會就是一個評估,評估的部分,那評估跟規劃,學生、老師、教職員工之間,它們對這件事情如果有疑慮,或者有更好的想像的東西,能夠在我們在規畫的過程中,能夠更周延的(納入)考量。」

校方表示,這個月學校將召開15場公聽會,廣納各界意見,過程中若發現難以克服的重大困難,也可能不合併。不過,高雄大學已經成立處理併校事宜的籌畫小組,去年校務會議也通過併校的決議,預計下個月舉行校務會議,討論是否確定以「中山」併校,若過程順利,預計5月跨校成立合併小組。

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