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National Taiwan University: Kuan Chung-ming approved by MOE as NTU President

Following a year of controversy over his appointment, the Ministry of Education held a press conference to announce its decision Monday, Dec. 24

Minister of Education Yeh Jiunn-rong (L) and Kuan Chung-ming (R)

Minister of Education Yeh Jiunn-rong (L) and Kuan Chung-ming (R) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – ­ On Dec. 24, Taiwan’s Minister of Education, Yeh Jiunn-rong (葉俊榮), held a press conference to publicly address the year-long dispute between National Taiwan University (NTU) and the ministry over the appointment of the next president of Taiwan’s top academic institution.

After a long and controversial appointment process, Yeh has resolved the debacle by granting ministerial approval for the appointment of Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) as NTU President.

However, Yeh also demanded that NTU conduct a thorough review of the discrepancies and problems which the government claimed were evident in the selection process, reports CNA. This review must be done to ensure such problems do not arise in the future.

Earlier in December, Yeh said that he was committed to reaching a satisfactory conclusion to the debacle as soon as possible. Previously, the Ministry of Education (MOE) had urged NTU to conduct a second selection process, to remedy procedural problems related to Kuan's original appointment.

However, the university ultimately refused, and filed a petition and a court case against the MOE. Many speculate that the resulting stalemate and dispute weighed heavily on the recent nine-in-one elections held in late November.

Yeh made it clear that the ministry was not happy with the results of the selection process, nor NTU's unwillingness to repeat the selection process. However, Yeh said that he also recognized that the longer the stalemate persisted, the more damage that would be done to the reputations of both NTU, as well as the MOE, reports LTN.

For those reasons, Yeh, on behalf of the Ministry and the Executive Yuan, reluctantly approved Kuan as the new President of National Taiwan University.