NTU president earned NT$18m from illegal side jobs: Control Yuan

NTU President Kuan Chung-ming allegdly earned a minimum of NT$18 million from side jobs without obtaining prior approval over the past 15 years. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — A report released by the Control Yuan on Feb. 14 alleges National Taiwan University (NTU) President Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) earned a minimum of NT$18 million (US$583,331) from side jobs without obtaining prior approval from the public institutions or universities where he worked over the past 15 years.

An investigation into Kuan’s alleged illegal work in breach of the Civil Servant Work Act was launched in April last year by Control Yuan members Wang Yu-ling (王幼玲) and Tsai Chung-yi (蔡崇義), both appointed by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in January 2018.

The report was passed by the Control Yuan, the highest watchdog body responsible for the discipline of government officials in Taiwan and will be sent to NTU and the Ministry of Education for review.

The report was released by Wang and Tsai at a press conference.

Kuan was found to have taken a side job as an adjunct professor at National Sun Yat-sen University from 2005-2008 while serving as a research fellow at Academia Sinica, the most preeminent academic institution in Taiwan, after obtaining approval, Wang said citing the report.

In addition, when Kuan was a professor at NTU in 2009, he also gained prior approval from NTU to take a part-time job at Cathay Financial Holdings Co.

Given the fact Kuan sought approval in those instances he was clearly aware of the legal requirement to obtain prior approval if taking a side job, she added.

According to Wang, since teaching at NTU in 2009, Kuan has held side jobs at National Chengchi University, National Central University, Chen-Yung Foundation, Next Digital Ltd., Next Media Publishing Ltd.’s Taiwan branch, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan Institute of Economic Research and at the Cross-Strait CEO Summit but did not obtain approval from the university.

As such, Kuan was apparently in violation of NTU’s regulations that stipulate full-time faculty members may only hold part-time off-campus jobs with the written approval from the university, she said.

Wang said that Kuan, who officially took over as NTU president Jan. 8, will have to deal with issues relating to the side jobs he has taken without written approval from the university while working as a professor at NTU over the past few years.

By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao