By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – President Tsai Ing-wen has decided to name Professor James Liao
of the University of California at Los Angeles as the new president of the Academia Sinica, the Presidential Office announced Friday.
The choice caps months of controversy surrounding the venerable academic institution, which gathers the top of Taiwan’s academic world on a campus in Taipei City’s Nangang District.
Liao chairs the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA. Before moving to the United States, he graduated from National Taiwan University with a B.A. in Chemical Engineering.
He had been seen as the frontrunner of three candidates selected by a special Academia Sinica committee for a name list offered to the nation’s president. [FULL STORY]