University directors were in an uproar on Wednesday after they received an urgent memorandum from the Ministry of Education demanding that institutions of higher education with the word "China" or "Chinese" in their name immediately set about renaming their institution.
The memorandum was addressed to nine universities and demanded a response by the next day as to which names relating to the institution would be changed, what they would be changed to, the time frame for the implementation of the change and expected problems in implementing the change.
The universities that received the memorandum were the Chinese Culture University (
University directors held a meeting to express disapproval of the demand and the manner in which it was presented.
The chair of the meeting, Mou Tsung-tsan (牟宗燦), who is also director of Shih Hsin University and chairman of the Association of Private Universities and Colleges, said that the Ministry of Education had acted thoughtlessly and failed to show respect for the academic institutions.
Most of the university directors indicated that the names of their schools had been in use for many years and recognition of these names was a reflection on their reputation.
Lin Shou-hong (
People First Party Legislator Diane Lee (李慶安) held a press conference to criticize the education ministry for emphasizing ideological issues such as name changes at the cost of actual educational reform.