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OCAC will build an online matchmaking platform for overseas Chinese schools and teaching volunteers in Taiwan
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2017/02/09
Wu stated that the OCAC is currently building an online matchmaking platform for overseas Chinese schools and teaching volunteers in Taiwan with the aim of solving the teacher shortage faced by some schools.

Overseas Community Affairs Council (OCAC) Minister Wu Hsing-shing said that that shortage of teachers has been the biggest problem faced by overseas Chinese schools for many years. To address this issue, the building of an online matchmaking platform for overseas Chinese schools and teaching volunteers in Taiwan is being implemented by the OCAC. If realized, it will, to some extent, solve the problem of lack of teachers. 

When talking about the operation of overseas Chinese schools in an interview with CNA, Wu said that a lack of teachers has been a problem that has troubled these schools for many years. In light of this situation, the OCAC has set about the building of an online matchmaking platform for overseas Chinese schools and teaching volunteers in Taiwan and has begun contacting several universities in Taiwan. If this channel can be set up, it will not only solve the problem of a shortage of teachers faced by some schools, but also assist teachers in Taiwan to teach overseas. It will also improve Chinese language education in overseas Chinese schools and encourage overseas Chinese students to come to Taiwan for study, thus easing the impact of Taiwan’s low fertility rate on universities and teachers. 

Wu stated that this platform will also enhance the training of overseas teachers. The OCAC plans to invite teachers to Taiwan and provide professional training so that they can align with Taiwanese education and  raise the level of their schools. Teachers from Taiwan will also be dispatched overseas in winter and summer vacations.

By sending teachers from Taiwan to overseas Chinese schools, he said, students can be encouraged to seek higher education in Taiwan. He also expressed the hope that overseas Chinese and foreign students who complete university education in Taiwan will stay after graduation because many industries are short of manpower and need high quality talent.
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