Science and tech ministry mulling disclosing ethics violations

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/10
By: Claudia Liu and Flor Wang

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said on

Chen Liang-gee (陳良基)

Thursday that it was considering adopting measures to require the disclosure of serious offenses committed by people in the academic sector as part of government efforts to wipe out wrongdoings in academia.

Speaking at a ministry meeting, Minster of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said the ministry was mulling new measures to mandate the disclosure of all wrongdoings by academics unless they are minor infractions.

Chen made the statement after Chen Kuen-feng (陳昆鋒), 49, an attending physician at the Department of Medical Research of National Taiwan University (NTU) Hospital, was found by the ministry to have repeatedly used others’ research findings, photos and depictions in 10 of his theses.

Chen said his ministry had actually probed Chen Kuen-feng’s case last year, and parts of its investigation were already made public afterwards. But due to the objections of the screening committee, Chen Kuen-feng’s name was not revealed at that time, he explained.

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