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NCCU principal appointed new Education Minister

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Chengchi University (NCCU, 國立政治大學) Principal Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) today assumed office as the 26th minister of education of the Republic of China.

Wu was appointed yesterday following an official announcement from the Executive Yuan. The Executive Yuan stated that Wu's fields of expertise include strategic management, knowledge management, analysis of industry and relative competition, knowledge economy as well as innovation and creativity education.

The Executive Yuan hailed Wu as a distinguished scholar in management science, lauding Wu's various achievements including his record as the individual recipient of the Chinese Society for Management of Technology's (CSMOT, 科技管理學會) 2008 Management of Technology Award, as well as the being included as an academician in the first session of the CSMOT.

Wu is distinguished in both knowledge and education, the Executive Yuan said, and is also a very experienced individual in education, research and administrative services. The minister previously served in a variety of education-related positions such as a consultant to the Ministry of Education (MOE) as well as chairman to the Association of National Universities of Taiwan (中華民國國立大學校院協會). With his achievements and accolades, Wu has proven to be very experienced in education policies, which will greatly help Wu serve as education minister, the Executive Yuan said.

Wu Comments on 12-year Compulsory Education Program

During a press conference at NCCU yesterday, Wu said that the 12-year compulsory education program is a policy with a goal that is directed toward the “big picture.” However, Wu said, the fine points in its execution have yet to be readjusted.

Wu said that he had discussed the program with Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺), with both leaders agreeing that that optimal route to take is to find a solution that could be accepted by the general public. Wu was quoted to have said that not only is the satisfaction of Jiang a driving force to improve the program, but also the satisfaction of parents, students and academic professionals.

Wu's Appointment Mocked by NCCU Netizens

In related news, following Wu's official appointment yesterday, a large number of NCCU netizens expressed their disapproval with sarcasm and mockery on popular national college bulletin board system PPT.

Netizens overwhelmingly chose to criticize Wu's construction efforts during his tenure as NCCU principal, which would also likely be observed during Wu's term as education minister netizens said.

The three construction projects lauded by Wu were the most often mocked. The projects were shunned by students as well as Control Yuan member Yu Teng-fang (余騰芳), who chided Wu's Lakeview Elevator. Reportedly, the elevator had cost over NT$20 million to construct, and is scarcely used by students, faculty or staff, as it is inconveniently located far from NCCU.

Wu's accumulated spending and construction failings have prompted NCCU netizens to say that Wu's appointment as education minister would likely be most beneficial to the stocks of construction companies.

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National Chengchi University (NCCU, 國立政治大學) Principal Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) attends a press conference at NCCU. Wu assumed office as the 26th minister of education of the Republic of China. (CNA)

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