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Control Yuan may censure agencies over campus waste

Control Yuan may censure agencies over campus waste

Taipei, April 4 (CNA) Taiwan's top watchdog body, the Control Yuan, may censure supervisory agencies for turning a blind eye to the irregular use of funds in the implementation of a five-year NT$50 billion to upgrade the country's universities.
Control Yuan member Ger Yeong-kuang said his office has asked the Ministry of Audit to investigate a media report alleging that five elite universities, including National Taiwan University (NTU), spent NT$117 million (US$3.68 million) in three and a half years on carbon cartridges for printers and ink cartridges for printers, copiers and fax machines.
The five-year NT$50 billion plan was launched in 2005 by the former Democratic Progressive Party administration to help NTU and National Cheng Kung University join the ranks of the world's first-class universities.
Ten other universities, including National Tsing Hua University, were supported under the plan to become leading research institutions in Asia.
According to Ger, a preliminary investigation has found irregularities in the way the program's funds were used by some universities.
But the irregularities could not yet be labeled "corruption" and had nothing to do with university authorities, Ger said.
"Project managers at the schools should be held responsible for the irregular use of funds," he said.
The investigation has also found that some professors filed expense claims for research assistants' wages using their students' names as proxies.
The Control Yuan will launch a further investigation into the matter, Ger said.
(By Kuei-shiang Wen and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-06-16 09:13 GMT+08:00