Other ministries also have ways of dividing up funds. For example, the Council of Labor Affairs, which is a small department, seems to have a lot of resources for its size. Although the topics may be different, the research reports are not very different and frequently have very similar contents.
There is a lot of money in Taiwanese academia and those in the know can get money from numerous sources. This essentially means that standards in academic research keep going down while ethics increasingly worsen.
Chu, Wong and Chiang are not new in the field of academia and they should understand that the recent problem has resulted from an excessive amount of research funding.
As long as drug dealers keep dealing their drugs, addicts will keep using them. The same can be said for academia and funding in Taiwan.
Huang Juei-min is a law professor at Providence University.
Translated by Drew Cameron