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NTU freezes Zhubei campus plans

NTU freezes Zhubei campus plans

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Taiwan University announced Saturday it was dropping plans to open a campus in the town of Zhubei after the Hsinchu County Government accused it of procrastination.
NTU President Yang Pan-chyr’s declaration followed threats by the county that it would launch legal action to take the land back.
After an academic affairs meeting Saturday morning, the chief of Taiwan’s most prestigious university rejected the accusations that it was moving too slow on the project in the county capital.
One building and the green belt had been completed, and work on the campus and on a hospital was proceeding according to a consensus reached with the county government last year, Yang said. Two special classes had already started and three more were under preparation, he added.
At a recent session of the Hsinchu County Council, deputy speaker Chen Chien-hsien accused NTU of breaking its promises and described the academic institution as “Taiwan’s biggest gang of scammers.” County Magistrate Chiu Ching-chun responded by saying he was willing to take legal action to demand the land back.
Yang said that once people called his school a gang of scammers, he also did not know how to continue, so he had moved to stop the project altogether. If the county could threaten to take back the land at any time during its development, no school or business would want to invest. He rejected suggestions from some councilors that NTU should only build the hospital and return the rest of the land to the county. The project stood or fell in combination with research and academic functions, Yang said.
He emphasized that the students who had already registered for classes in Zhubei had nothing to fear, because their courses would continue as before.


Updated : 2021-09-21 18:34 GMT+08:00