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Pan Wen-chung (Chinese: 潘文忠; pinyin: Pān Wénzhōng; born 28 November 1962) is a Taiwanese educator and politician. He first served as Minister of Education from May 2016 to April 2018 and returned to the post in January 2019.

Pan Wen-chung
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Minister of Education of the Republic of China
Assumed office
14 January 2019
DeputyFan Sun-lu, Lio Mon-chi (political)
Lin Teng-chiao (administrative)
Preceded byYao Leeh-ter (acting)
Yeh Jiunn-rong
In office
20 May 2016 – 14 April 2018
DeputyChen Liang-gee, Tsai Ching-hwa (political)
Lin Teng-chiao (administrative)
Preceded byWu Se-hwa
Succeeded byMaw-Kuen Wu
Deputy Mayor of Taichung
In office
MayorJason Hu
Personal details
Born (1962-11-28) 28 November 1962 (age 56)
Zhuangwei, Yilan County, Taiwan
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materTaiwan Provincial Junior Teachers’ College
National Taiwan Normal University


Pan obtained his teaching certificate from Taiwan Provincial Junior Teachers’ College in 1983. He then obtained his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in education from National Taiwan Normal University in 1989, 1993 and 2003 respectively.[1][2]

Ministry of EducationEdit

Pan was named Minister of Education in April 2016, and took office on 20 May.[3] On 13 October 2016, Pan unveiled the Youth Employment Pilot Program at the Executive Yuan to help the low income high school graduates to college or careers in which those qualified will get a NT$5,000 monthly subsidy.[4] He resigned from the education ministry in April 2018, over controversy regarding the selection of Kuan Chung-ming as president of National Taiwan University.[5][6] Pan was reappointed education minister in January 2019.[7]


  1. ^ "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)".
  2. ^ 徐玉芳 (19 May 2016). "Minister of Education Wen-Chung Pan".
  3. ^ "Cabinet lineup for education, culture announced". Central News Agency.
  4. ^ "Minister unveils youth subsidy program - Taipei Times".
  5. ^ Lin, Sean (15 April 2018). "Minister quits over NTU controversy". Taipei Times. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ Ku, Chuan; Chen, Chih-chung; Low, Y.F. (14 April 2018). "Education minister resigns over NTU president-elect appointment row". Central News Agency. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  7. ^ Chen, Yu-fu; Hetherington, William (14 January 2019). "Cabinet announces ministers, ideology". Taipei Times. Retrieved 14 January 2019.