Cabinet changes made


Premier of the Republic of China, Jiang Yi-huah, has made five changes to his Cabinet following the resignation of Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan yesterday. Minister Lee has returned to academia after completing his leave of absence from the National Taiwan University.

The ministerial changes are as follows:

Chen Wei-zen; Minister of Interior

Chang San-cheng; Minister of Science and Technology

Wei Kuo-yen; Minister of Environmental Protection Administration (EPA)

John C. C. Deng; Minister without Portfolio in charge of Financial and Economic Affairs

Professor Chiang Been-huang; Minister without Portfolio responsible for Science and Technology (S&T) and Food Safety Affairs

The press releases for the changes as published on the Executive Yuan website are as follows:

“Chang San-cheng named Minister of Science and Technology

Date: 2014-02-26 Data Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

Minister without Portfolio Chang San-cheng has been appointed to lead the new Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the Executive Yuan announced today.

Chang, who holds a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from Cornell University (U.S.A.), has previously served as a lecturer, associate professor and professor at National Taiwan University’s Department of Civil Engineering; director of the National Center for High-performance Computing and subsequently the Department of Planning and Evaluation under the National Science Council (NSC), MOST’s precursor; vice president of Acer Inc.’s e-Enabling Services Business Group; and regional director of hardware operations in Asia for Google Inc.

The Executive Yuan stated that Chang is a person of outstanding scholarship and rich practical experience spanning industry, government and academia. For example, after returning to National Taiwan University in 1981 upon receiving his doctorate in the United States, he created Taiwan’s first computer graphics and computer-aided design courses, which enlightened the nation about the application of computers to engineering and animation.

As director of the NSC’s Department of Planning and Evaluation, Chang wrote the ROC’s first white paper on science and technology (S&T), the blueprint for national development in the field.

During his tenure at Google, he helped the company establish its first data center in Taiwan (due to begin operations at the Changhua Coastal Industrial Park early this year), the base of its long-term development on the island.

Chang also managed S&T issues as a Minister without Portfolio, strongly promoting interagency programs for information and communications technology clouds as well as open data.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah has high hopes for the MOST, the Executive Yuan said, expecting it to both carry on the NSC’s tradition of strongly grounded, foundational research and actively assist the academic world to direct its copious creativity toward industry to spur a new wave of innovative entrepreneurship. Jiang also expects the new minister to spearhead efforts to help beef up the S&T sector’s creative power as well as the international competitiveness of its academia and industries.”

“Wei Kuo-yen named EPA minister

Date: 2014-02-26 Data Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The Executive Yuan today announced that Wei Kuo-yen, geosciences professor at National Taiwan University (NTU), has been named minister of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). He will be taking over the position from Shen Shu-hung, who has resigned.

Wei graduated from the University of Rhode Island (U.S.A.) with a Ph.D. in oceanography, conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and taught geology and geophysics as an assistant professor at Yale University. He also has experience in the public sector, having served as deputy minister of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission, a former Cabinet-level agency, and chairperson at its counterpart division in the Taipei City Government. Apart from teaching at NTU since 1993, he is also an adjunct research fellow at the Academia Sinica.

The Executive Yuan commended Wei for his excellent academic and administrative credentials, reiterating that he has spent time in both the central and local governments and that his extensive studies span geology, oceanography, biogeochemical cycles, ecology and climatology. He and NTU atmospheric sciences professor Hsu Huang-hsung jointly teach introductory courses on earth systems and have written Global Change: An Introduction, the first university textbook on the subject ever published domestically. Wei is one of Taiwan’s few outstanding researchers whose interdisciplinary research covers marine, geological, forestry as well as atmospheric fields, officials said.

As EPA minister, Wei is expected to use his expertise to enhance environmental protection efforts and help the agency transform into the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Executive Yuan stated.”

“Chen Wei-zen appointed interior minister

Date: 2014-02-26 Data Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The Executive Yuan announced today that Minister Lee Hong-yuan had to return to his professorial post at National Taiwan University because his leave of absence had come to an end, and his replacement as Minister of the Interior would be Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Wei-zen.

Chen has a bachelor’s degree from National Cheng Kung University’s Department of Urban Planning, a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Washington in the U.S. and a doctorate in engineering from Chinese Culture University’s Graduate Institute of Industrial Planning.

He has held numerous government positions, including deputy commissioner of the Taipei City Government’s (TCG) Department of Urban Development and Taiwan Provincial Government’s Department of Construction, commissioner of the TCG’s Department of Urban Development and its Department of Public Works, deputy magistrate of the Taipei County (precursor of New Taipei City) Government, administrative deputy minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and deputy mayor of Taipei City.

The Executive Yuan noted Chen possesses expertise in civil engineering and urban planning as well as comprehensive administrative qualifications. He fully demonstrated his tact and dexterity in communication and coordination with the Legislature while serving as secretary-general and could be called the most important bridge between the executive and legislative yuans, officials said, facilitating the passage of numerous high-priority bills submitted by the yuan.

The Ministry of the Interior oversees operations that closely affect the public, including civil affairs, household registration, land administration, police administration, construction and planning, firefighting, and immigration, and the Executive Yuan believes Chen will be a very effective leader of the agency, promoting the policies that prove most beneficial to citizens.”

“New ministers without portfolio named

Date: 2014-02-26 Data Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

In another wave of Cabinet reshuffling, the Executive Yuan today announced that National Security Council (NSC) Deputy Secretary-General John C. C. Deng has been appointed minister without portfolio in charge of financial and economic affairs, taking over the position vacated by Schive Chi, while Distinguished Professor Chiang Been-huang of National Taiwan University’s (NTU) Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) has been named minister without portfolio responsible for science and technology (S&T) and food safety affairs, replacing Chang San-cheng, the new Minister of Science and Technology.

Deng graduated from the Department of Law of Soochow University and earned a master of laws degree from the George Washington University (U.S.A.). Before becoming NSC deputy secretary-general, he had served as director of the MOEA’s Bureau of Foreign Trade, director of the Economic Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO), deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, deputy representative of the Permanent Mission of the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu to the World Trade Organization (WTO), TECRO deputy representative, chief representative of the MOEA’s Office of Trade Negotiations, and MOEA political deputy minister.

During his terms in the MOEA, Deng handled tasks involving industries, trade, small and medium-sized enterprises, investment, and state-run enterprises, displaying deep understanding of each, the Executive Yuan said. His years of experience in international economic and trade negotiations, activities of global organizations such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and the WTO, and enactment of cross-strait economic and trade policies have given him comprehensive training in handling financial and economic affairs and cross-strait trade. It is believed that Deng will become Premier Jiang Yi-huah’s right-hand man on finance and economics after assuming the post of minister without portfolio and taking responsibility for the supervision of relevant agencies.

Chiang, who holds a Ph.D. in food science from the University of Illinois (U.S.A.), has been engaged in educational, research and academic administration affairs for years. He has served in numerous posts at NTU, including associate professor, professor, director and most recently distinguished professor of the IFST, dean of the College of Bioresources and Agriculture, chief director of the Center for General Education, and dean of the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA).

While working as OAA dean, he promoted teaching reform, strengthened the office’s structure and improved the academic affairs information system, greatly raising the standards of the university’s teaching and academic administration.

Chiang has also served as executive secretary of the Joint Board of the College Recruitment Commission, achieving outstanding results by joining forces with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the College Entrance Examination Center to promote the reform and Internet operation of Taiwan’s college admissions system.

In addition to this abundant experience in academic administration, Chiang has a good understanding of the S&T projects conducted by government agencies like the MOEA, Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) and the Council of Agriculture (COA), having long assisted with their evaluation, as well as of the development of the biotech industry. An outstanding scholar in the field of food safety, Chiang has also served on the food safety and nutrition consultation committee of the MOHW and the food committee of the Consumers’ Foundation.

After assuming the post of minister without portfolio, Chiang will supervise the Executive Yuan’s Board of Science and Technology, food safety, and relevant affairs that are under the purview of the Ministry of Science and Technology, MOHW, MOE and COA.”

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