The aging of university teachers is serious. Taiwans higher education has become a three stream.

 The aging of university teachers is serious. Taiwans higher education has become a three stream.

Taiwan Education Department announced the 2017 school year college and college full-time teachers profile, the data show that the age of college teachers over the age of 50 years old is up to 54.4%. And 16 years ago, the age of university teachers was mostly between 35 and 39, and only 18.3% of those aged 50 or above. Educators are worried that Taiwans higher education will be reduced to three levels if the DPP authorities can not get any solution.

Young man? less

According to the data released by the Education Department of Taiwan, the average age of teachers in higher education institutions in Taiwan has been increasing year by year in the past 20 years. In the 2001 academic year, teachers aged from 35 to 39 were in the prime of life. In the 2006 academic year, teachers were aged between 40 and 44, and the 2011 school year moved to 45 to 49 years, and the 2017 school year finally moved to the age of 50 to 54, and more than half of the teachers were over half.

Looking at this set of data, it will be discovered how the average age of university teachers in the island is 5 years old every 5 years. This is because the main force of the teachers in the institutions of the island is basically the same.

The president of National Tsinghua University, Hiro Hiro, said that in the 80s and 90s of last century, a large number of overseas talents returned to Taiwan to teach, and they grew up to be the backbone of the teachers in Taiwan University. In the past ten years, under the impact of small children, the students of colleges and universities have reduced, some schools control the number of teachers in advance, the number of young teachers is limited, and the old teachers age is growing, and the teachers are aging.

Recruit new people? Hard

He is worried that the teachers are now close to their retirement age and may be retreated for the next 10 years, but the younger generation seems not to be able to come up.

The person in charge of the education department in Taiwan said that the current situation is that public universities are willing to make up for young teachers normally because of the retirement and departure of teachers, but private universities are greatly affected by the reduction of children. If their teachers and students are still in accordance with the rules and regulations, they will not hire so many new teachers.

The data can also explain this. In the 2017 academic year, the number of full-time teachers in the college and College of Taiwan was 47 thousand, of which professors and associate professors accounted for a big head, with only 13 thousand of the younger assistant professors, fewer lecturers and other teachers, 6577, and serious shortage of young reserve forces.

He Chenhong believes that the teaching environment of the doctoral class in the island should be promoted, the level of local doctoral students should be pulled up, and the junior college teachers who are about to retire at the old age should be replaced by the teachers metabolism.

Stay in the island? Miserably

However, outstanding young people do not want to stay on the island. National Taiwan University regrets that in recent years, under the impact of low salary and annuity reform, it is more and more difficult to retain talents and acquire talents. If the DPP authorities do not support the development of the top universities in the island, Taiwans higher education will be reduced to the level of the third world countries and regions.

The key is the treatment. According to the island media, the annuity reform carried out by the Cai Yingwen authorities has caused the monthly retirement pension of the 65 year old retired professor at the National Taiwan University in the future to be less than 55 year old primary and secondary school teachers, which is to force the senior and outstanding professors to go out.

At the same time, more and more young people on the island choose to enter the west, because staying in the island is three no - no chance, no future, no resources.

Wu Zhiyang, President of Taiwan Yuan Chi University, analyzed the problem very vividly: if you only get the banana, you can only hire monkeys. In recent years, the worlds first-class universities are investing more resources, but the salaries of college and college teachers in Taiwan are not the same. Only Singapore or Hongkongs 1/3 or 1/5 are not competitive and are now even overtaken by the mainland. No better, the difficulty of recruiting young and excellent talents will be higher and higher.