Chung Chou University of Science and Technology has been “involved in a major violation of the regulations in force,” the education ministry said.

  • By Shelley Shan / Journalist

Chung Chou University of Science and Technology has been banned from accepting international students after it was discovered that it had mistreated Ugandan students, the education ministry said yesterday.

The fate of the students in the East African country came to light after online news site The Reporter uncovered illegal practices at Yuanlin City University in Changhua County.

While students were promised English lessons, scholarships, and paid internship opportunities prior to their arrival, the report says the university did not provide the scholarships and only a few courses were taught in English. .

Photo: Lin Hsiao-yun, Taipei Times

The so-called “paid internship opportunities” were actually blue-collar jobs in factories, and students mostly worked nights, according to the report.

“We received complaints from Ugandan students at Chung Chou University of Science and Technology that the university was not offering scholarships and English classes as it had promised. They also complained of having been forced to work overtime as part of work-study programs, ”the ministry said in a statement.

“Following an investigation of these complaints (…) we have determined on a preliminary basis that the university is involved in a major violation of the regulations in force,” he said.

The university is now listed as under “special directions” from the ministry, which prohibits it from accepting more international students and receives a smaller government grant.

Since 2019, all universities in Taiwan have been urged to stipulate admissions notices for international students that clearly inform students of their rights and obligations, including tuition fees, as well as scholarships and work-study opportunities. work-study offered to students, the ministry said.

Universities are also responsible for offering advice to overseas students regarding studying and living in Taiwan, he added.

Chung Chou University of Science and Technology told the Central News Agency that “there is a major difference in understanding between foreign students and the school administration.”

The university has awarded scholarships to overseas students, and those who complained that they did not get any did not apply or their applications were rejected, the university said.

He said he never promised that all classes would be taught in English, but did not respond to accusations that he had overworked Ugandan students.

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