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Academic fraud scandal a warning for academia: Ko

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), the opposition-aligned Taipei mayoral candidate, yesterday indicated that Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling (蔣偉寧) was obligated to resign for his alleged involvement in an academic fraud scandal, and was right to take responsibility.

Chiang was listed as a co-author of five academic articles withdrawn by an international journal for alleged academic fraud. Primer Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) yesterday approved Chiang's request to step down on July 14, ending his two-year term as education minister. Chiang insists on his innocence and said he hoped to preserve his personal integrity and the reputation of government officials through his resignation.

Chiang said that he intends to resume his teaching position at National Central University (中央大學) and continue to strive toward his dreams of cultivating the next generation of Taiwan's elite talent.

At an industrial forum hosted by the Ketagalan Academy, Ko indicated that it would have been more appropriate for Chiang to step down during the height of outcries against the disastrous 12-year compulsory education program, instead of delaying his response until the outbreak of the academic fraud scandal.

When it comes to improving his competitiveness in the upcoming mayoral election, Ko said that he would accept different opinions from industries, as well as look at the issues on hand from different perspectives to promote better development in Taipei.

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Pan-green Taipei mayoral candidate Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), center, speaks at an industrial conference organized by the Ketagalan Academy, in Taipei, yesterday. Ko outlined his vision for the future of Taipei City's development. (CNA)

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