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ERIC Number: ED411890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
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Distance Education: A Key Strategy for Lifelong Learning in Chinese Taipei.
Huang, Judy
Through further implementation of distance education, Chinese Taipei may both continue and increase its economic development. The benefits of lifelong learning have been demonstrated in the past 30 years by the economic growth and labor force skills development in Chinese Taipei. The founding of the National Open University, in 1986, with its increased diversity and flexibility, has played a key role in this growth. Since its founding, the University has enhanced access to high quality education, developed degree granting programs, and increased its number of academic departments. Participation rates have been high, with the majority of students being women, older adults, and non-business sector workers. Public support has also been high, with the greatest demand among women, senior citizens, the handicapped, and rural inhabitants. This increased demand has resulted in new, beneficial educational policies. In efforts to increase accessibility, the Open University has eliminated its entrance exam requirement, and additional universities are being established in Taipei and Kaohsiung. Competition from these new universities, as well as from traditional universities, will result in improvements in student services. In order for success, however, distance learning must incorporate more effective, adult-based delivery and evaluation tools. Hopefully, greater acceptance for distance learning from employers will be achieved as graduates demonstrate success in all walks of life. (YKH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan (Taipei)