Kuan Chung-ming

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Kuan Chung-ming
Kuan Chung-ming from VOA.jpg
Minister of the National Development Council
In office
22 January 2014 – 4 February 2015
Deputy Hwang Wang-hsiang, Chen Chien-liang, Sung Yu-hsieh
Preceded by Himself as the Minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development
Succeeded by Woody Duh
Minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development
In office
18 February 2013 – 21 January 2014
Deputy Hwang Wang-hsiang, Chen Chien-liang, Hsiao-hung Nancy Chen
Preceded by Yiin Chii-ming
Succeeded by Himself as the Minister of the National Development Council
Personal details
Born (1956-08-15) 15 August 1956 (age 61)
Taipei, Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China
Alma mater Chinese Culture University
University of California, Davis
University of California, San Diego

Kuan Chung-ming (Chinese: 管中閔; pinyin: Guǎn Zhōngmǐn) is a Taiwanese politician and academic. He was the last minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development from 2013 to 2014 and served as the first minister of the succeeding government agency, the National Development Council (NDC), from 2014 to 2015. He is a Chair Professor in the Department of Finance at National Taiwan University.[1]

ROC Council for Economic Planning and Development Ministry[edit]

Taiwan's Q1 2013 economic growth[edit]

Kuan said in May 2013 that he was surprised at Taiwan's Q1 2013 economic growth rate of 1.54%, way lower than the forecast value of 3.26%. This was due to the low consumption by private sectors in Taiwan. Before the numbers were released, the CEPD aimed for Taiwan to show 4% overall economic growth that year, and to reach the original goal would require 5% economic growth for the remaining quarters of the year. However, investments in private sectors were rising at the time, an indication of a positive economic outlook.[2]

Taiwan's 2013 global competitiveness ranking decline[edit]

Commenting on Taiwan's declining ranking as measured by the International Institute for Management Development in the Global Competitiveness Report released at the end of May 2013, Kuan said that it is not that Taiwan did not improve, but that other nations improved at a faster rate than Taiwan. He added that the business regulations have been relaxed in Taiwan but not as much as what have been done in other countries.[3]

He resigned his post as National Development Council head in January 2015. Kuan had attempted to resign in a month prior but was persuaded to stay at the time.[4][5]

National Taiwan University presidential selection[edit]

On 5 January 2018, Kuan was elected to succeed Yang Pan-chyr as president of National Taiwan University.[6] Shortly after his election, Kuan stated that he would work to help NTU establish international partnerships with other institutions and attract more international students by offering more dual-degree programs.[7][8] Before taking office, Kuan was accused of an unresolved conflict of interest regarding Richard Tsai.[9] Tsai was a member of the NTU presidential search committee, but neither he or Kuan had publicly declared that they both served on the board of Taiwan Mobile.[10] Additionally, Chang Liao Wan-chien accused Kuan of plagiarism in a paper presented in May 2017.[11] Upon further investigation, NTU cleared Kuan of plagiarism.[12][13] Subsequently, the government looked into possible violations of the Classified National Security Information Protection Act.[14] In March 2018, a group of NTU academics and alumni filed a complaint with the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office against Kuan's appointment as university president.[15] The controversy resulted in the resignation of education minister Pan Wen-chung in April.[16] Soon after Wu Mau-kuen took office, the education ministry chose not to approve Kuan's selection.[17]


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  2. ^ Su, Amy (1 May 2013). "Economy rises a lackluster 1.54 percent". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Kao, Camaron (30 May 2013). "Taiwan's global competitiveness ranking declines by four notches". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Tang, Pei-chun; Low, Y.F. (5 December 2014). "Taiwan retains most Cabinet members in reshuffle". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Katherine, Wei (30 January 2015). "NDC chief resigns, to be replaced by Duh". China Post. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Phoenix Hsu; Ko Lin (5 January 2018). "Former development minister elected as head of Taiwan's top school". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  7. ^ Hsu, Phoenix; Yen, Wiliam (7 January 2018). "NTU planning set up international campus". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Hsu Chen, Chi-chung; Liu, Kuan-lin (17 January 2018). "NTU president-elect discusses plans to internationalize the university". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  9. ^ "Ministry orders NTU to clarify election scandal". Taipei Times. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  10. ^ Maxon, Ann (12 January 2018). "NTU denies any scandal in Kuan's appointment". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  11. ^ Maxon, Ann (26 January 2018). "NTU president-elect accused of fraud". Taipei Times. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  12. ^ Hsu, Phoenix; Yen, William (26 January 2018). "NTU clears Kuan, asks Education Ministry to certify him". Central News Agency. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  13. ^ Maxon, Ann (28 January 2018). "NTU rejects allegations that its future president plagiarized student's thesis". Taipei Times. Retrieved 28 January 2018. 
  14. ^ Wu, Po-hsuan; Hsiao, Sherry (23 March 2018). "NTU president-elect gives ultimatum". Taipei Times. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  15. ^ Pan, Jason (24 March 2018). "Kuan faces an official complaint". Taipei Times. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  16. ^ "Physicist named new education minister". Taipei Times. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  17. ^ Chen, Chih-chung; Liu, Kuan-lin (27 April 2018). "MOE rejects NTU's presidential appointment, calls for do-over". Central News Agency. Retrieved 28 April 2018.