Academicians vote for university autonomy

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Image taken from Academia Sinica's website

Image taken from Academia Sinica's website

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) The 33rd Convocation of Academicians of Academia Sinica adopted a resolution Tuesday in favor of university autonomy in Taiwan, while calling on the Ministry of Education (MOE) to respect national university president selection results.

The convocation approved the proposal presented by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division with a vote of 80-44. It came in the wake of the controversial election of Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) as National Taiwan University (NTU) president.

Kuan was elected as president of NTU Jan. 5 and was expected to take office Feb. 1. After he was elected, however, the Ministry of Education put off its approval as a string of allegations arose against Kuan, including plagiarism, conflict of interest and a flawed selection process.

The MOE finally decided April 27 not to approve his election, leaving the ministry and the university at a stalemate on the issue.

According to Taiwan's University Act, to appoint a public university president, the school should organize a presidential selection committee and select a candidate through a public process, after which, the MOE should respect the selection result.

After the meeting, Academia Sinica President James C. Liao (廖俊智) said the vote did not target the Kuan case specifically and that the result only reflected academicians' support of academic freedom.

(By Wu Hsin-yun, Yu Hsiao-han and Ko Lin)

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