This would be, the domino effect from the reduction of birthrates here, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…
After the closing down of the Nanrong Technical University, close to seven hundred students were, transferred to other schools, and there are only the officeworkers still working at the school right now, the former applied Japanese associate professor, Hsu, on the matter, of the process of the school’s closing down, still felt, quite, upset, sighed, “the students were discriminated against, bullied, the professors couldn’t find teaching positions, and some even started working in the construction sites as manual laborers now, this is what the higher up officials in the Department of Education failed to notice and see.”
Hsu told, the school not running well enough, this is only, partially the reason for why the school got closed down, but twenty years ago, the government had, encouraged the setting up of countless community colleges, technical colleges, universities, it’s the fault of the government, and yet now, the consequences are shouldered, solely, by these, private institutions of higher education; Nanrong was located in the distant regions, hard enough as is to run and operate, and under the wrong policies, with the impacts of reduction in birthrate, it’d, become an easy target of the “Vulture Group”, hard for it, not to get, closed down. He’d only begged the Department of Education, to change the purpose of the school’s properties, to made into some other functional space, “this is what the department of education can do for these private colleges and universities.”
The school’s original associate professor from business management, Shen told, it’s hard to find another teaching job, a lot of the professors were forced to switch tracks, some became tramping professors, there were the instructors from the school who’d gone off to China, some of the professors who went to China even got called back, to the school for owing of the wages of the professors on the payroll, but “the Department of Education only allowed the professors to sue the schools that hired them.”
He’d told, that back then the students from the Department of Business Management, with the help from the Department of Education, were able to successfully transfer to another school’s business administration department to continue their education, but that school soon stopped, enrolling too, “from one sinking ship, onto, another, sinking ship.”; there were the students who had to put in the commute time of one to two hours to go to school, and in the end, the students had to, give up on their, studies altogether; and there were the students who’d told him of how they were discriminated against, bullied by the professors at their new schools that “you have no right to come to our school to study in the first place!”
After the Tourist School of Taiwan stopped operating, the students set up a self-help committee, fought to get their own graduation certificates, their degrees, from their, original, school. The student who set up the self-help committee, Fang told, that the Department of Education demanded the board to make the donations to the school’s functions, the board didn’t, the Department of Education just chose to look the other way, allowing the board of trustees of the school to do what they will with the school.
Fang stated, that as she enrolled back in 2018, there were six departments that had stopped enrolling the new students, a lot of the students of those majors “got in and filed for transfers to another school shortly afterwards”, but she was in the community college track, and wasn’t a part of the systems back then, she’d stayed, and now, after a few years’ worth of studying, she still can’t, escape the same fates.
There’s only the restaurant and hotel management department that remained at the Langyang Technical School, and the school decided to stop enrollment for the department altogether by the end of next school year. The parent, Yang told, that this was what they’d all expected, they weren’t surprised at all, her child is in the third-year-of the five-year degree program, and can still graduate from the school before it closes. The professors of the school told, that there’s no debts of the school, and yet, in recent years, it’d slowly, backed itself away, out of the education forum, that the school took care of the rights of the professors on the payrolls, so, the professors hadn’t strongly objected against the school’s closing down.
And so, this, would be, a bad sort of a trend, just like how quickly from before these technical universities got set up and started operating, now, they’re all, falling left and right, due to the reduced birth rates, among other factors too, and, the students who are currently in the systems had no other option, but either to stop getting their higher education, start working, or find a way to transfer to another university that’s, not going to close anytime soon.