Goals and Principle

 

I.Background

Following by the continued increase of Chinese social, economic and cultural influence and market expansion as well as growing interest of Westerners in exploring the rich humanistic thinking in Chinese culture, Chinese learning has become a fashion in recent years. Unlike conventional Chinese teaching, Mandarin Chinese education is designed mainly for foreigners as a second language. Due to rising demand in the global market, Mandarin Chinese education has developed into a service industry.

This accreditation is designed to assist university Chinese literature departments, Mandarin Chinese Language centers, and other Mandarin Chinese education institutions define their positions and set up quality indices to facilitate future accreditation and guidance to improve the overall quality of Mandarin Chinese education in Taiwan. The objective is to upgrade the quality of teachers and facilities across the board and establish a self-improvement mechanism to assure the quality of all domestic Mandarin Chinese education institutions.

In addition, to provide the legal basis for the accreditation and guidance, the Accreditation will also include the Mandarin Chinese Education Quality Standard (MCEQS) Implementation Guidelines to be enforced in conjunction with the Ministry of Education Guidelines for the Upgrade of Funding for Mandarin Chinese Education Institutions (draft) and the Mandarin Chinese Education Quality Assurance Certification Program to ensure the comprehensiveness of the quality and standards of accreditation institution/unit inspections, certification examinations and ability tests. Through investment of related resources, Mandarin Chinese education institutions will be assisted to better their management to achieve the goal of exquisite Mandarin Chinese education in Taiwan and recognized Taiwan as the place for outstanding Mandarin Chinese education.

 

II.Objective

 

The strengths of Taiwan in Mandarin Chinese Education are advanced technology and excellent teaching personnel. Only the elaboration of quality of our Mandarin Chinese education can distinguish Taiwan’s Mandarin Chinese education from others. Therefore, differentiation and specialization will be the strategy adopted in the future for Mandarin Chinese education in Taiwan. To accomplish this, the human resources in the domestic Mandarin Chinese education industry need redefinition and higher standards have to be adopted while government investment must be increased to produce better and specialized human resources for the Mandarin Chinese education industry.

 

Concretely speaking, the purposes of accreditation include:

 

1.    To understand the administrative operation, teaching activities and learning results of Mandarin Chinese education institutions in the country in order to assure the quality of Mandarin Chinese education;

2.    To encourage development of professional characteristics and content of domestic Mandarin Chinese education institutions and improve overall teacher quality in  accordance with professional concepts and the demand in the global Mandarin Chinese education market;

3.    To assure the standards and quality of Mandarin Chinese education for students and build the image of Taiwan as the place for outstanding Mandarin Chinese education;

4.    To ensure the quality of Mandarin Chinese education institutions in Taiwan and use it to enroll foreign students to increase substantial economic benefits and international visibility;

5.    To establish Mandarin Chinese education accreditation standards and Educational Quality Assurance Certification to provide administrative agencies with references in formulation of related policies in the future.

 

III. Targets of Accreditation

University Mandarin Chinese Language centers intending to apply for or having received approval from the Ministry of Education to enroll students overseas.

 

IV.Accreditation

The accreditation is intended to assist accreditation participants to implement the aims and objectives of their establishment, and set up a self-improvement mechanism and continuously improve their quality in accordance with feedback from the accreditation.  It is also designed to encourage accreditation participants to develop professional characteristics and content and improve the overall quality of Mandarin Chinese education institutions in accordance with the demand of the global Mandarin Chinese education market.

The content and standards of the accreditation of university Mandarin Chinese Language centers will cover: (1) organizational targets and administrative operation, (2) professional development of teaching faculty and teachers, (3) curriculum design and teaching, (4) student outcomes and assistance, and (5) the facilities and resources. Please see the appendix for the details of each accreditation index.

Organized by:Minstry of Education
Department of International and Cross-strait Education
Overseas Taiwanese School and Mandarin Chinese Education Section
Co-organized by:Corporaate Synergy and Development Center
Address:3F., No.15-1, Sec. 1, Hangzhou S. Rd. Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 10050
Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone:(02)23911368