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Premier accepts minister's resignation over academic scandal

2014/07/14 12:37:01

Chiang Wei-ling at a press conference on July 13, a day before his resignation.

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) Premier Jiang Yi-huah accepted Education Minister Chiang Wei-ling's resignation "with reluctance" Monday, a spokesman for the Executive Yuan said after the minister tendered his resignation over an alleged academic fraud.

Spokesman Sun Lih-chyun said Chen Der-hwa, a deputy minister, will take over as acting minister until a formal replacement is named.

Sun made the comments shortly after Chiang announced his resignation at a press conference over his connection to a local scholar who had several dozens of research papers retracted from an international scientific journal on alleged academic fraud.

Chiang said he will return to his teaching post at Central University.

The papers, which had appeared in the the Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC), were retracted by SAGE Publications after they were implicated in a fraudulent peer review ring.

They were contributed by college professor Peter Chen but Chiang was listed as a co-author on five of the papers.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Jay Chen; click here for related stories)