Wu Jin

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Wu Jin
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Minister of Education of the Republic of China
In office
10 June 1996 – 9 February 1998
Preceded byKuo Wei-fan
Succeeded byLin Ching-chiang
Personal details
Born9 April 1934
Died14 January 2008(2008-01-14) (aged 73)
Tainan City, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materUniversity of Iowa

Wu Jin (Chinese: 吳京; pinyin: Wú Jīng; 9 April 1934 – 14 January 2008) was a Taiwanese educator and politician who served as Minister for Education between 1996 and 1998 under president Lee Teng-hui.[1]

Early life[edit]

Wu obtained his doctorate in mechanics and hydraulics from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa.[1] He was a research fellow at the Academia Sinica in 1986.[1]

Wu also served as the first president of the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, Taiwan.[1]

Minister for Education[edit]

Wu was selected by President Lee Teng-hui to serve as Taiwan's education minister in June 1996.[1] He was known for his progressive views on the reforms needed in Taiwan's educational system.[1]

Wu stepped down as Minister for Education in February 1998.[1] His resignation was due to a difference of opinion dispute between himself and the president of Academia Sinica, Lee Yuan-tseh, over the pace and types of educational reforms needed.[1] (Lee Yuan-tseh had previously chaired a panel force in the 1980s which had led to a number of changes concerning education in Taiwan.[1])


Wu Jin was diagnosed with cancer of the ampulla of Vater, a rare form of the disease, in 2006.[1] He received treatment at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan and the United States.[1]

Wu's health began to deteriorate in December, 2007 following a trip to Mainland China.[1] He died on Monday, 14 January 2008, at National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan, Taiwan, at the age of 74.[1] Wu was survived by his wife. His funeral took place in Tainan on 27 January 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Former Education Minister Wu Jin dies at 74". The China Post. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-01-21.