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Macau Students Want to Be Certified, Too

<p><font face="Arial">By Vickie Lo<br /> Assistant Coordinator</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">National Taiwan Normal University&rsquo;s (NTNU) Office of Teacher Education and Career Service (OTECS) responded friendly toward Macau&rsquo;s University Entrance Committee for Macau Students to Study in Taiwan (UNCMSST) as the committee requested for chances for Macau students to become certified teachers during a meeting with NTNU officials on the main campus today.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;Macau government would recognize teachers who were certified in Taiwan.&nbsp; And, a certification by NTNU means the top of their kind,&rdquo; said Cheong Pek-lon (張碧蓮), a staff member of UNCMSST and a Class 1965 graduate from NTNU&rsquo;s Department of Chinese.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Most of UNCMSST members are NTNU graduates.&nbsp; The committee was established in 1994 to help Macau students, who would be interested and planning to finish their college education in Taiwan.&nbsp; With the committee&rsquo;s assistance and Macau government&rsquo;s funds, more than 2,000 Macau students would enroll Taiwan&rsquo;s universities every fall and the amount is still increasing.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">UNCMSST Chairman Leong Kam-chun (粱金泉) said that &ldquo;going to colleges in Taiwan&rdquo; is a popular career plans for many Macau high school students nowadays because Taiwan&rsquo;s college education quality is recognized.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;In addition, Taiwan&rsquo;s tuition fees for college education are reasonable for most Macau parents,&rdquo; Leong said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">UNCMSST members requested for chances for Macau students to take professional education program at NTNU so these students would become certified teachers after they graduate.&nbsp; With NTNU&rsquo;s certification, these Macau students would immediately ensured teaching positions at Macau&rsquo;s high schools.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In response, OTECS decided to discuss this issue during a meeting in the end of September.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;We will be more than happy to have students from around the world to take the professional education program and become certified teachers,&rdquo; said Horng Ren-jin (洪仁進), director for OTECS&rsquo; Teacher Education Program Division.&nbsp; &ldquo;It is likely that the Ministry of Education will come up with a national rule for the issue, if NTNU comes up with a decision first.&nbsp; We will fix this problem anyway.&rdquo;</font></p>