The Education Minister has approved Kuan Chung-ming as the new president of National Taiwan University (NTU). Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong's announcement on Monday was a major breakthrough in the long-stalled effort to put Kuan in the position.
In January, the university's selection committee picked Kuan as the next president for NTU, Taiwan's top university. However, the education ministry never issued the necessary documents for the new president to take office. They said that was because they felt that a conflict of interest made Kuan unfit for office.
NTU officials, professors and students, and members of the public protested the delay on multiple occasions. They said the ministry's criticism of Kuan was groundless and that the refusal to approve him was overstepping the boundaries.