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University presidents urge students to end protest

University presidents urge students to end protest

University presidents urge students to end protest

Heads from several institutions across Taiwan urged students to return to classes while calling for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to speed up negotiation processes in a bid to resolve the curriculum dispute, reports said Sunday.

Samuel Chang, president of the Chung Yuan Christian University in Taoyuan County, has signed a petition along with other school presidents calling for the end of the student manifestation, including Tatung University’s Her Ming-guo, Lee Tien-rein, Michael Chen, Ku Chia-heng, and among several others.

During a press conference held in Taipei on Sunday morning, the school representatives said although they are able to feel the students’ grievances, they however urged them to express their anger in a more rational way, as their overreactions may impact future society, including Taiwan’s economic competitiveness.

The principals said the student actions have seriously undermined Taiwan’s democratic process and rule of law. They also condemned those taking advantage of the situation to achieve their politically-motivated propaganda.

In their final statement, the university presidents said although they understand the ideals behind the student demands, they however urged them to end the sit-in and follow the proper procedures in staging their opposition.