About Yushan

Goal

The Yushan Scholar Porgram aims to assist various universities and colleges (hereafter, universities) in recruiting top international scholars to teach in Taiwan by providing internationally competitive salaries and thus expand international academic capacity in Taiwan’s academic environment and enhance the international influence of Taiwan’s higher education.

Qualifications

i. Predetermined quota: Universities that obtained Part II research center subsidy of more than NT$50 million for Higher Education Sprout Project
ii. Application quota: Universities that obtained Part I (implementing teaching innovation, developing university characteristics, and enhancing higher education publicity) subsidy of more than NT$50 million for Higher Education Sprout Project

III. Recruitment of top international scholars includes recruitment of both Yushan scholars and Yushan young scholars. Their qualifications are as follows:


About The Program

i. A Yushan scholar is a scholar who meets one of the following requirements:

1.Has worked at a leading international research institution or an internationally renowned company for at least 10 years, has an international academic reputation or international cutting-edge expertise in a core technology, and has experience in leading an academic or industrial research team
2.Is a Nobel Prize winner, is a fellow of a national-level academy, is a fellow of a major international association, or has received some equivalent recognition
3.Has made an outstanding contribution to the area of his or her academic expertise during the past 5 years

ii. A Yushan young scholar is a scholar who was granted his or her highest education diploma during the past 10 years and meets one of the following requirements:

1.Has worked at a leading international research institution or an international renowned company for at least 5 years and has development potential
2.Has experience in conducting major research projects
3.Has made an exceptional contribution to the area of his or her academic expertise during the past 5 years
Yushan scholars and Yushan young scholars may not be current full-time employees at universities or academic research institutions in Taiwan (not including project-based employees) and may not apply for subsidies (flexible salaries) provided by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Review Criteria

i. Yushan scholars:

1.Yushan scholars may receive nonstatutory salary of no more than NT$5 million annually; the nonstatutory salary can be approved once for 3 years. Scholars for short-term exchange are granted nonstatutory salary proportionally according to their service period.
2.Yushan scholars may receive administration and operation fees of no more than NT$1.5 million, which can be approved once for 3 years. Scholars for short-term exchange are granted administration and operation fees proportionally according to their service period. The aforementioned fees can be used for administrative-assistant personnel expenses (including salaries, labor and health insurance expenses, retirement funds, and severance pays) and teaching and research expenses, and can be used to pay for a Yushan scholar’s roundtrip airfare once per year. (Business-class roundtrip airfare is the highest amount of roundtrip airfare that can be paid to a Yushan scholar employed as a full-time teacher, whereas economy-class roundtrip airfare is the highest amount of return airfare to a Yushan scholar employed for short-term exchange. The actual amount of airfare should be reported and paid to Yushan scholars once per year.)


ii. Yushan young scholars:

1.Yushan young scholars may receive nonstatutory salary of no more than NT$1.5 million annually; the nonstatutory salary can be approved once for 5 years.
2.Yushan young scholars may receive administration and operation fees of no more than NT$1.5 million, which can be approved once for 5 years. The aforementioned fees can be used for administrative-assistant personnel expenses (including salaries, labor and health insurance expenses, retirement funds, and severance pay) and teaching and research expenses and for paying for a Yushan young scholar’s roundtrip airfare once per year. (Economy-class roundtrip airfare can be paid to a Yushan young scholar. The actual amount of airfare should be reported and paid to Yushan scholars once per year.)
The aforementioned fees are current expenditures. Other types of fees should be handled according to the directions for MOE subsidies and funding and the stipulation for central government expenses.

Review Method

V.    Notes for university cooperation

 Scholar type/Notes for university cooperation Yushan scholars Yushan young scholars
 Appointment method

 

One of the following requirements should be met:

 

1.Internal full-time teacher (aged younger than 65 years) and external full-time teachers (aged older than 65 years).

 

2.Appointed under short-term exchange program of at least 3 years, with a service of at least 3 months per year in at least one university.

 

 

Internal full-time teachers

 TeamworkThe scholars should form a research team and execute a teaching or research project jointly with teaching and research members at university. The team members should include associate and assistant professors or postdoctoral researchers.  No limitations
 Statutory salary  

The salary should not be less than that for the same level of teaching positions at a national university (including the original salary, research allowances, and supervisor allowances).

  

The salary should not be less than that for the same level of teaching positions at a national university (including the original salary, research allowances, and supervisor allowances).

 Supportive benefitsThe following supportive benefits are provided: teaching and research expenses and equipment; personnel expenses for administrative, teaching, and research assistants; airfares for teachers and their family members; accommodation and moving expenses; and assistance with children’s education. The aforementioned expenses should be paid by using self-fundraising funds by the university and using subsidies from government agencies. Regarding payment criteria and methods, the related matters should be handled according to stipulations by the university or government agencies. The following supportive benefits are provided: teaching and research expenses and equipment; personnel expenses for administrative, teaching, and research assistants; airfares for teachers and their family members; accommodation and moving expenses; and assistance with children’s education. The aforementioned expenses should be paid by using self-fundraising funds by the university and using subsidies from government agencies. Regarding payment criteria and methods, the related matters should be handled according to stipulations by the university or government agencies. 
 

Appointment deadline

 

The university should complete the appointment procedure by August 1 of next academic year. Universities that cannot complete the appointment procedure by the deadline are deemed to be automatically waived.

 

The university should complete the appointment procedure by August 1 of next academic year. Universities that cannot complete the appointment procedure by the deadline are deemed to be automatically waived.

 


VI.    The universities that meet application qualifications (II) may apply for subsidies from MOE according to the predetermined and application quotas. The application procedures are as follows:

i.For predetermined quota:

1.Quota allocation method: According to the Higher Education Sprout Project Part II (the proportions of funds for various fields at research centers), the university is granted the quota of units based on a predetermined level. The calculation method for the quota of units is as follows: Yushan scholars are one unit, whereas Yushan young scholars are one-third of a unit. For applications disapproved by MOE, their predetermined quota of units will be returned to the university and used for the next application.

2.Review method:

(1)An application is reviewed on arrival.

(2)A review committee is established. One convener for each of six fields (i.e., humanities and arts, social sciences, science, medicine, engineering, life sciences, and agronomy) is determined. Each convener recommends reviewers, and each application is reviewed by anonymous reviewers.

ii.For application quota:

1.Quota allocation method: According to the Higher Education Sprout Project Part I (expenses for implementing teaching innovation, developing university characteristics, and enhancing higher education publicity), the university is granted the quota of application units based on a predetermined level. The calculation method for the quota of units is as follows: Yushan scholars are one unit, whereas Yushan young scholars are one-third of a unit. For applications disapproved by MOE, their application quota of units will not be returned to the university.

2.Review method:

(1)Application review is conducted once each academic year in accordance with university operation.

(2)A review committee is established. One convener for each of six fields (i.e., humanities and arts, social sciences, science, medicine, engineering, life sciences, and agronomy) is selected. Each convener recommends reviewers and each application is reviewed by anonymous reviewers.

iii.Notes for review

  1. Experience and achievements of the candidate the university proposes to appoint (significant academic contributions, details of academic awards received, crucial research findings, curriculum vitae, and publications)
  2. The proposed appointee’s future research topics and their relevance to university development and expected benefits:

(1)The scholars research plans and associated goals

(2)The scholars research topics and their relevance to university development

(3)The scholars specific approach to their research work

(4)Expected benefits (expected quantitative or qualitative results)

3.The university provides supportive measures and arrangements (e.g., research expenses and equipment, personnel expenses for research assistants, accommodation and moving expenses, and assistance with children’s education; these expenses can be paid by using self-fundraising funds by the university or using subsidies by government agencies)

4.Provision of pay reasonableness (e.g., the evaluation method for the university’s application for MOE’s subsidizing nonstatutory salary and administrative and operation expenses; the university is required to provide details on the provision of the statutory salary)

5.Teamwork formation (if a Yushan scholar is appointed, he or she should form a research team with teaching and research members at the university; the team members should include associate and assistant professors or postdoctoral researchers; by contrast, if a Yushan young scholar is appointed, no details about teamwork formation are required)

  1. iv.Review criteria: Regarding academic capacity, a Yushan scholar should have the ability to win the “academic award” from the MOE; a Yushan young scholar should have the ability or potential to win “Mr. Wu Ta-You Memorial Award” from the Ministry of Science and Technology.

VII.Project implementation assessment

i.Subsidies are approved every 3 years for Yushan scholars and every 5 years for Yushan young scholars. The university should achieve concrete goals and present qualitative and quantitative performance, which serves as a reference for the MOE to review next application for subsidies.

ii.The university should submit a report 8 months before the expiration of the appointment period for Yushan scholars and Yushan young scholars. After the MOE sends the report to anonymous reviewers for review, the decision will be made 6 months before the expiration of the appointment period.

VIII.  Notes for other items

i.According to the notes for university cooperation (V), the university may stipulate university regulations.

ii.Payments, disbursements, and reports should be handled according to the directions for subsidies and funding by the MOE and Taiwan’s Central Government.

iii.If Yushan scholars or Yushan young scholars violate academic ethics, the related matters should be handled according to regulations for

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