NTU president-elect demands ministry accept or reject his appointment

Taipei, National Taiwan University (NTU) president-elect Kuan Chung-ming (???), who has yet to assume his post because of controversy over the legitimacy of his selection, issued a statement Thursday, demanding that the Ministry of Education (MOE) make a decision on his appointment by the end of the month.

Kuan also noted that in accordance with existing regulations the selection of a university president falls under the jurisdiction of the university's selection committee.

NTU's presidential selection committee chose Kuan as president on Jan. 5 and submitted the result to the MOE for approval. However, the ministry has yet to approve the appointment, according to the statement.

In addition, Kuan accuses government agencies and media outlets of making false accusations against him, while lambasting the ministry for dragging their feet over the approval, which he said is undermining the operations of NTU.

With that situation in mind, Kuan urged the ministry to decide whether to officially approve his appointment by the end of the month, according to the statement.

In response, Deputy Minister of Education Lin Teng-chiao (???) said the ministry will make a decision on the matter after considering the outcome of an NTU school affairs meeting scheduled for Saturday and based on its evaluation of information gathered.

Kuan was selected on Jan. 5 to succeed Yang Pan-chyr (???) whose tenure expired in June 2017, but has since been accused of plagiarism and conflicts of interest that have cast doubt on the legitimacy of his selection and prevented him taking office on Feb. 1 as scheduled.

However, the NTU selection committee on Jan. 31 upheld its Jan. 5 selection of Kuan as president, affirming that all the allegations made against him have been dealt with.

"The committee has handled the selection of Professor Kuan in accordance with the relevant regulations and the legitimacy of the selection is beyond doubt," Chen Wei-cho (???), convener of the selection committee, said at that time.

In the latest development, online news media newtalk.tw reported on March 16 that Kuan has since 2005 taught at three universities in China.

The Taipei District Prosecutors Office has launched an investigation into Kuan's alleged violation of the Classified National Security Information Protection Act, the provisions of which forbid him as a former government official from teaching in China.

When asked whether the MOE plans to form a task force to probe allegations that Kuan taught in China, Lin said Kuan is a full-time professor at NTU, making it the responsibility of the university's Personnel Department to deal with the matter.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel