Aug 16, 2018 Business & Finance Comments Off on Control Yuan proposes remedial action in NTU president controversy
Taipei, The Control Yuan approved a proposal Thursday to ask the Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Taiwan University (NTU) to take corrective measures following a controversy over the selection of Kuan Chung-ming (???) as the university's president.
After six months of investigations, Control Yuan members Kao Yung-cheng (???) and Chang Wu-shou (???) said the relevant MOE regulations were inadequate and the ministry had failed to devise measures to complement the school's selection process or deal with any issues of illegitimacy.
The recommendations issued by Kao and Chang said that Kuan had violated the regulations governing public employees.
According to the document, Kuan, a full-time professor at NTU's Department of Finance, is subject to the Act of Governing the Appointment of Educators and should have submitted a written application to NTU for approval to take a second job at a for-profit organization that has cooperation relations with the university.
Kuan was accused of a conflict of interest because of his relationship with Taiwan Mobile Vice Chairman Richard Tsai (???), who was a member on the NTU presidential selection committee. Kuan, was an independent director at Taiwan Mobile Co. at that time.
According to the Control Yuan investigations, Kuan started working part time on June 14, 2017 at Taiwan Mobile as an independent director and a member of its audit committee and remuneration committee.
He filed an application with NTU on April 28, 2017 to serve as an independent director at Taiwan Mobile, which was approved on May 17, 2017, a process that was in line with legal procedures, the Control Yuan said.
However, before NTU gave approval for him to work on the two committees, Kuan began attending their meetings, in violation of the relevant regulations, the Control Yuan said.
It said there was a major flaw in the process NTU used to select the university's president, citing the disclosed conflict of interest.
In light of that situation, the MOE and NTU should review and amend the existing legal regulations to prevent similar disputes in the future, the Control Yuan said.
Kuan was selected on Jan. 5 to head NTU, but the education ministry declined to confirm his appointment on Feb. 1 as scheduled.
He was accused of plagiarism and conflict of interest during the selection process and of teaching in China illegally after his selection.
Some commentators said the many accusations were part of a politically motivated campaign to block Kuan's appointment, and the university said the issues raised were all addressed and had no effect on Kuan's qualification to serve as its president.
Kuan had served in the previous Kuomintang administration as head of the National Development Council, and the Council for Economic Planning and Development which preceded it, from 2013 to 2015.
The MOE on April 27 decided not to approve the appointment of Kuan as NTU president, contending that there was a conflict of interest in the selection process, and asked the university to restart the process, leaving the ministry and the university stalemated on the issue.
Two education ministers, Pan Wen-chung (???) and Wu Maw-kuen (???), have resigned over the controversy, and NTU has not named an alternative candidate for the post of president.
In related news, new Education Minister Yeh Jiunn-rong (???) said Thursday on his Facebook page that the ministry should make the necessary amendments to the universities' electoral system and relevant regulations.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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