NSB chief will not teach at NTU in new semester amid plagiarism row

08/16/2022 08:24 PM
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National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Ming-tong. CNA file photo
National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Ming-tong. CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) will not teach at National Taiwan University (NTU) during the upcoming semester, but has not resigned, NTU said in a statement Tuesday amid calls for Chen, who has been implicated in a high-profile plagiarism case, to stand down.

NTU was replying to media queries about Chen, an adjunct professor in the NTU Graduate Institute of National Development, who was the thesis advisor for former Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). 

An NTU ethnics reviews committee revoked Lin's master's degree on Aug. 9 after it determined that Lin plagiarized his thesis from another NTU graduate student Yu Cheng-huang (余正煌).

Lin, who had been the DPP's candidate in the Taoyuan mayoral election in November, withdrew from the race on Aug. 12 and was replaced by DPP Legislator Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬).

NTU's decision to revoke Lin's master's degree prompted the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) to call on Chen, who has publicly defended Lin from accusations of plagiarism, to resign from his posts as an NTU professor and NSB head, and for him to be subject to an academic ethics investigation by the university.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Sean Lin)

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