The selection process, however, was not transparent and 25 percent of the 17 reviewers never even attended screening meetings, and the MOE did not explain its standards for review clearly ?resulting in the final name list not only enraging the five unselected universities but also prompting the Legislative Yuan to freeze the project's budget.
Chen said that he would not stop his strike until the MOE agrees to revise the final name list and include NCCU among the investment project. In response, the MOE called on Chen not to make threats and protest against the MOE by holding a hunger strike in the cold weather, hoping Chen would pay attention to his health. The MOE stressed that Chen should communicate with the MOE in a rational way and said that the NCCU's plan was not up to scratch, suggesting the NCCU could cooperate with other schools more to improve itself.
The Education and Culture Committee of the Legislative Yuan will hold a coordination meeting regarding the investment project “NT$50 billion in five years” and Chen hoped that the results and the MOE's response to his request would not disappoint him.