National Taiwan University president made unreported NT$18 million: Control Yuan

Government watchdog will pass report to NTU and to Ministry of Education

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NTU President Kuan Chung-ming

NTU President Kuan Chung-ming (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – National Taiwan University (NTU) President Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) made at least NT$18 million (US$583,000) from unreported work during the 15 years that he held official functions at the Academia Sinica and the university, the Control Yuan said Thursday.

Kuan, a former Kuomintang government minister, was originally elected head of Taiwan’s most prestigious university early last year, but a public outcry over an apparent conflict of interest prevented him from taking office until this month after the government gave up its opposition. Last month, the Control Yuan already impeached him over his extra paid functions.

Two members of the top government watchdog, Wang Yu-ling (王幼玲) and Tsai Chung-yi (蔡崇義), presented the results of the investigation to the media Thursday, though they said they were not able to reveal all the details as they wanted to protect Kuan’s privacy, the Central News Agency reported.

The NTU president had broken laws he knew, setting a bad example, Wang said. His behavior should have been sanctioned by measures from NTU, such as suspension or even dismissal, according to the Control Yuan member.

The watchdog body said it was unable to take further sanctions against Kuan, but it would pass on its report to NTU and to the Ministry of Education.

During his time at the Academia Sinica, Kuan received payment for teaching-related tasks at other universities and at a foundation without having reported the jobs, the Control Yuan said.

Alleged teaching and counseling tasks at universities in China were impossible to check at present, but in June 2007, he applied to lecture in Xi’an, for which he applied for expenses totaling US$357 (NT$11,000). It was up to the Academia Sinica to investigate the matter and present its conclusions, CNA reported Wang as saying.