National Taiwan University's (NTU) months-long struggle to find a new president was finally resolved yesterday when the Ministry of Education announced that it had selected Lee Si-chen (李嗣涔), an engineering professor, to take over the post.
The announcement sparked controversy, however, with critics saying the ministry had ignored the result of the university's primary, which had favored another candidate.
During the first primary held to decide on two final candidates from six presidential in March, only engineering college dean Yang Yeong-bin (
The university's 15-member election committee then recommended them to the ministry to make the final decision.
Dissatisfied with yesterday's result, some professors and students at NTU called for reform of the presidential election process.
"The education ministry currently holds the right to choose a university president from among candidates chosen by a school's election committee. I think universities should have more power to decide on their own presidents," said Chen Rui-rong (
In response, the ministry said that its selection committee made the decision based on the two candidates' qualifications, and there had been no favoritism.
The ministry will issue a formal offer to Lee after receiving the approval of the Executive Yuan. Lee will succeed current NTU president Chen Wei-jao (