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Taichung Mayor Hu accepts teaching offer after losing election
【Politics】2014-12-05  14:36:48
Taipei, Dec. 5 (CNA) Outgoing Taichung Mayor Jason Hu received Friday a private university's invitation to teach at the school in the capacity of chair professor.

Accepting his letter of appointment, Hu, who holds a doctoral degree in international relations from the University of Oxford, said he felt very warm when Feng Chia University Vice Chairman Kao Cheng called him the previous day to tell him about the offer.

Hu said he does not know what a chair professor should do, or even if there's a salary involved. "It's an exchange of feelings, because the school has predicted that I will have to start looking for a new job from Dec. 25."

That date is when Hu will step down after 13 years as mayor of the central city.

The 66-year-old mayor failed to win re-election in the just-concluded nationwide local government elections that took place Nov. 29. He was defeated by opposition Democratic Progressive Party candidate Lin Chia-lung with 42.94 percent of the votes against Lin's 57.06 percent.

Hu has been mayor of Taichung since 2001, when the city was at the lower county-level status. He then won re-election in 2005 and continued to gain victory in the 2010 elections after the city and neighboring Taichung County were merged and promoted to special municipality status.

Earlier in his career, Hu was foreign minister and the country's representative to the United States. He has been a vice chairman of the ruling Kuomintang since April.

Speaking about the latest election results, Hu said that young voters, including first-time voters, played a decisive role. "They almost changed history, and soon they will lead society," he said, noting that he will have to reflect upon himself whether he really understands young people.

Therefore, he will make more contact with the youth of society in the hope of narrowing his distance with them and to know what's in their minds.

Feng Chia University Vice Chairman Kao Cheng-su said he wishes to borrow Hu's talent in terms of international, diplomatic and public policies.

(By Sophia Chen and Elizabeth Hsu)
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