Taipei, May 1 (CNA) The Cabinet spokesman said Tuesday that the National Taiwan University (NTU) violated the law when it allowed Kuan Chung-ming (???) to fill multiple positions at Taiwan Mobile without signing a collaboration agreement, and should therefore not have approved of his nomination for presidency.
Kuan was holding three different positions at Taiwan Mobile during while working for NTU as head of its Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, said the Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (???) in a radio interview.
According to Hsu, the MOE has concrete evidence that Kuan had not obtained approval from the school to serve as a member of Taiwan Mobile's audit and compensation committees before he started doing so.
Kuan started attending meetings of both committees in August but did not obtain NTU's approval to hold those positions until Sept. 22, Hsu said.
Furthermore, it was only after NTU gave its approval that it hastily made up for not previously signing the academia-industry collaboration agreement with Taiwan Mobile, a breach of the law on its part, Hsu added.
Hsu said the government should have intervened in the selection process, which would have disqualified Kuan and avoided the months of controversy over his confirmation.
Kuan was selected as president of NTU on Jan. 5 and was expected to take office on Feb. 1 but amid a series of allegations against him, the Ministry of Education (MOE) decided on April 27 not to confirm him in the post, citing conflict of interest and a flawed selection process.
The NTU selection committee should not have picked Kuan for the post of president since he and Taiwan Mobile had violated the law by withholding information and thus deceiving some members of the selection committee, Hsu said.
The Cabinet is confident that the government will win if Kuan files a lawsuit, as he has threatened to do, Hsu said.
Meanwhile, the Taiwan Association of University Professors weighed in on the Kuan issue Tuesday, saying that NTU should go through the selection process again and make sure it is fair and just.
The allegations of political interference in the NTU selection process and the allegations of an attack on university autonomy only serve to obscure the real issue at hand, the association said.
It said the opportunity should be taken to reform the selection system and introduce public oversight of the university president selection process.
Also commenting on the issue, the alliance for NTU autonomy said the education ministry should confirm Kuan's appointment as NTU president and that Premier Lai Ching-te (???) should make a public apology and start an investigation of the people responsible for dragging out the confirmation process.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel