The government has blacklisted 18 universities and 17 two-year colleges because they are financially unstable or failed to recruit enough students to fill their admission quotas. That means their government funding will be cut next year.
Of the 35 universities, students at 14 schools will no longer be eligible for student loans, while another nine are required to restructure by cutting back on their student intake and integrating or shutting down departments.
The government has been trying since 2011 to crack down on underperforming private universities that often operate merely as cash cows for their owners. The Education Ministry said that as the number of students is plunging, firm measures are needed to improve the quality of education.