I don’t think this list is what you think it is. The description says it “should be used as a reference for Taiwanese citizens who are considering to pursue further studies abroad. It should not be used as a foreign university recognition list by employers or examination authorities.” In other words, it just reflects what foreign tertiary institutions are recognized by their governments, not which ones are recognized by Taiwan’s government bodies.
For example, by my count there are 116 schools recognized by the government of Mongolia. How many of these do you think would be considered an acceptable source of degrees by the MOE?
I think the list I posted is the only list. If your school is not on the list, your degree is not recognized. You can request to MOE to put your school on the list. I think someone did it, and posted it somewhere on this forum.
That is likely true, but is the reverse true? I remember seeing their list several years ago, and vaguely remember that almost all the African universities on it were in South Africa. Now there are a bunch from God knows where. Did the MOE really decide to recognize these, or is this a different kind of list?
Only foreign academic records that satisfy each of the following provisions may be assessed for recognition:
The educational institution from which the applicant graduated or where they have been studying but have not yet graduated shall already be listed in the reference list. An educational institution not in the reference list shall have been accredited by the government authority responsible for such educational institutions or by the professional accreditation agency for education in the country where it is located.
The restrictions on the period spent undertaking a program, and the courses that must be completed shall be comparable to those prescribed for a comparable program at an educational institution in Taiwan of an equivalent academic level and nature.
So appearing in the list is just one hurdle (generally, assuming one took an ordinary curriculum, the main hurdle I would think.) The disclaimer on the list is given because employers shouldn’t assume that appearing in the list is an automatic guarantee of acceptance.
Based purely on convention, my college study didn’t constitute an ordinary curriculum as I attained the degree wholly by distance. For that matter the school defines itself as a distance ed provider. To my disapointment it’s absent in the MOE hot list.
That should’ve been the end of it. In Taiwan their gov’t is biased against distance ed. I get it. Why, then, does the University of the People get an entry in the list? It’s single nat’l (US) accreditation is from the DEAC, same as my school’s, & delivers its edu. entirely by distance. UoP’s inclusion on the list reveals there’s some kind of administrative inconsistency going on at the MOE. Ought I get to bugging them to include my school?
I’m intent on sending a formal letter pointing out discrepancies with UoP’s entry, et al., in the list v. the absence of my college. There’s a "Ms. Chang’ to contact by tel. & a db asst.'s email. Will these ppl respond?
I found the updated link to the list of approved schools. In case they move it again, you can probably find the Chinese language version by searching 台灣教育部外國大學參考名冊查詢系統, then switching to English from there.
I’ve sent an email to the TECRO office in the US to see if there’s a way to get my school added–looking over the link to the legal page above, it looks like there’s a distinction between “correspondence mode” and “distance mode,” and distance mode can still qualify as long as it satisfies Article 4. So who knows. Gonna give it a shot.
My university is not on the database. I am getting different answers. The employer doubts that my degree can be recognized as it is not on the list. The tecro office says once my degree is authenticated then it is recognized by the Moe. Anyone knows who is actually right?