Wei Kuo-yen
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Wei Kuo-yen
Wei Kuo-yen
Minister of Environmental Protection Administration of the Republic of China

3 March 2014 - 20 May 2016
Stephen Shen
Lee Ying-yuan
Deputy Minister of Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of the Republic of China

MinisterChu Chin-peng
Personal details
Born (1953-02-05) 5 February 1953 (age 67)[1]
NationalityRepublic of China
Alma materNational Taiwan University
University of Rhode Island

Wei Kuo-yen (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wèi Guóyàn; born 5 February 1953) is a Taiwanese politician. He was the Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration since 3 March 2014 until 20 May 2016.

Education and academic career

Wei graduated from National Taiwan University for his bachelor's and master's degrees in geology. He obtained his doctoral degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island in the United States. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Wei had taught geology and geophysics as an assistant professor at Yale University.

Political career

Wei was named the Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration in February 2014.[2] After the T.S. Taipei ran aground off the coast of Shimen District on 10 March 2016 and caused an oil spill,[3] Wei attempted to resign.[4]

Personal life

Wei suffered heart attack during a legislative hearing on 31 March 2016 and was admitted to National Taiwan University Hospital.[5][6]


  1. ^ "Our Minister". Epa.gov.tw. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Lee, I-chia; Chung, Jake (27 February 2014). "Premier picks new ministers in reshuffle". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Wang, Chao-yu; Huang, Romulo (30 March 2016). "Coastal pollution clean-up to be completed within 2 months: EPA". Central News Agency. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ Tai, Ya-chen; Wu, Lilian (30 March 2016). "EPA head tenders resignation over oil spill". Central News Agency. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Yu, Hsiao-han; Chen, Wei-ting; Tai, Ya-chen; Hou, Elaine (31 March 2016). "EPA head suffers heart attack at Legislature". Central News Agency. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Chen, Wei-han (1 April 2016). "Minister hospitalized after heart condition flares at legislature". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2016.

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