[quote=“bismarck”][quote=“ironlady”]Problem is, even if he goes the administrative appeal route, he will have pissed off the people in the department. That means that even if he is reinstated, he will NOT graduate successfully anyway, and his life will be made a Living Hell for the remainder of his tenure at that school.
IMHO the best solution is to offer to quietly resign from the school if his student status is somehow reinstated with no prejudice, then TRANSFER as a foreign student (not having received a degree in the ROC). I’m not a lawyer and don’t know the regulations that well, but I’m trying to think of a way that gives the university something (yes, they reportedly f*ed this one up, but you still have to give them something to get something) while preserving the OP’s right/option to continue his schooling in the ROC. This would probably be highly irregular, but any solution to this issue will be irregular in someone’s eyes anyway.
Is there another school that would be appropriate or possible?[/quote]
Sounds like a total “face saving circus”. The more I learn about Taiwan unis the more I feel I’d be better off getting my masters through UNISA (Distance education) and going back to the republic for a PhD.
Seems to me, other than a degree in translation (where you’re specialising in Chinese to English or vice versa) or Chinese Lit it isn’t really worth the hassle to get a degree here what with all the side show farces.
I might be wrong, but from what I’ve read on the forum over the last few years and from what MBA grads at NCKU and a US mate that studied at National Tainan U told me, it seems more trouble than it’s worth. [/quote]
It is actually not that bad. Just as in daily living, most of the time, unless you run into trouble, your studies will proceed smoothly and you will not be caught in a face saving trap. Most of the time, it is not a hassle, but rather teh mayority of Taiwanese university personnell will try their best to make your life as easy as possible. Of course, you should keep both eyes wide open as if there is a mistake, it will be pinned on you, and under no circunstances you should expect a “superior” -dean, for instance- to take responsibility for any mistakes. You should also learn how to handle those instances, as blame shifting and hiding all evidence is the first automatic move here. But that is the same as in the local workplace, and it is part of the “colorful” and particular cultural characteristics of most work environments here. Face saving is vital, whether it is your neighbors, your coworkers, your drinking bar buddies.
Plus, dunno about you, but back home, academia is just as zealous about face saving as here in Taiwan. Man, they made my life impossible because I chose linguistics instead of literature, as my professors wanted. It is just something you have to deal with.