In response to the allegation accusing President Tsai Ing-wen has never received her doctoral degree, the presidential spokesperson Chang Chun-han (張惇涵) said this morning that the presidential office would take legal action against the false accusation.
Chang showed a document with an embossing seal from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to prove Tsai’s degree to be true.
Ho Te-fen, an Honorary Professor of National Taiwan University’s College of Law, today revealed doubts accusing Tsai never received her degree.
Chang said people could only receive the degree after successfully submitting the doctorate thesis, indicating that Tsai did submit the dissertation and received the degree from LSE in 1984.
Chang added that the LSE website had posted a message to congratulate Tsai when she was elected as the president in 2016.
Chang said Tsai always handed in relevant documents proving the degree when she was running for other positions before, or when taking positions as faculty, adding that similar false accusations appeared in 2015 before the presidential election and in the following year as well.
To prove the degree is true, Chang showed the document which Tsai applied to LSE to reissue the certificate in 2015, saying “There is embossing seal on the certificate, so it’s impossible it’s a fake!”
Chang also displayed the other document with LSE’s explanation of the issue. The document has an embossing seal, as well. Chang added, “LSE had already completely clarified the controversies in 2015.”
Chang stressed that authorities such as the university and the Ministry of Education had displayed thorough explanation, but were unable to stop the defamation and rumors. Therefore, Chang said the office would take legal action against Prof. Ho.