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NTHU Celebrates Her 107th Anniversary
National Tsing Hua University recently celebrated her 107th anniversary and the 62nd anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan. The ceremony was attended by many members of NTHU’s first baccalaureate class in Taiwan who graduated 50 years ago. During the ceremony NTHU President Hocheng Hong pointed out that a new building for the College of Education and the College of Arts will soon be built next to the College of Technology Management in the South Campus, heralding "the new era of ‘Tsing Hua 3.0,’ a new starting point initiated by the joint efforts of the global Tsing Hua community!"
 
The school was founded in 1911 (the same year as the Republic of China) in Beijing as Tsinghua College. When the school was reestablished in 1956 in Hsinchu as NTHU, at first only graduate programs were offered. It was in 1964 that undergraduate programs were also reestablished, which at first consisted of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Department of Mathematics. The first batch of undergraduate students graduated in 1968, which was 50 years ago.
 
An Emotional Homecoming
 
Representing the class of 1968, Hsu Ming-teh of the Department of Nuclear Engineering said that while strolling around the campus with his classmates yesterday they noticed that the two rows of cypress trees in front of the Mei Garden had grown tall, while the large lawn at the entrance where they used to do morning exercises, as well as the weeping willows next to the lake, had remained the same. But when they saw the dormitory where they used to live they were all struck with the new facilities that were installed and made available to its current residents.
 
Hsu said that after half a century, the school really has changed a lot—new buildings, an additional lawn at the south campus, and the merger with National Hsinchu University of Education (NHCUE)—but he looks forward to seeing the current student body carry on the traditional Tsing Hua spirit.
 
Continuing Development of the South Campus
 
In his speech President Hocheng said that the merger with NHCUE one and a half years ago has brought about a remarkable increase in diversity and innovation. For example, as part of the anniversary celebration, the Dean of College of Arts, Prof. Hsu Su-chu organized the “Tsing Hua Effects 2018—IoT Technology and Art Festival,” which highlights the “internet of things” and its potential for stimulating creativity. The focus of the second phase of the merger will be the construction of a new building for the College of Education and College of Arts and, the university has acquired 6 hectares of land on the west side of the College of Technology Management for this new building.
 
President Hocheng said that the history of NTHU can be divided into three phases. The first 40 years can be called “Tsing Hua 1.0.” During this phase Tsing Hua College was established in Beijing with the mission of modernizing China and reducing the culture gap between China and the West. During the second phase, “Tsing Hua 2.0,” which began in the 1960s, the two Tsing Huas—one in Beijing and one in Taiwan—developed separately, first emphasizing science and engineering, and later adding departments in other fields. During the third phase, “Tsing Hua 3.0,” in light of the changing economic environment and social structure, the emphasis has been shifted to educational diversity and interdisciplinary studies and research.
 
Alumni Association President Yongfen Hsieh said that the merger with NHCUE has brought about a number of changes on campus, adding that the many difficulties encountered during the early phase of the transition process have actually contributed to the school’s development. On behalf of the Alumni Association she congratulated the President and all the administrative teams for a job well done.
 
Social Participation
 
Also present at the ceremony was Shyy Wei, who received his B.S. degree in the dept. of Power Mechanical Engineering and is appointed as the next President of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). In his speech he said that in this time of great social and political change, universities need to be more aware of their social responsibilities, and encouraged today’s students to seize the opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to all spheres of society.
 
Dr. Shyy Wei also pointed out that studying at university is amongst the most memorable and unique experiences in life. He said that even though college students are adults with many rights, they are still protected and at the same time, the society and the school give them a great deal of support and care but all these will be gone after they graduate. He urged all NTHU students to make the most of their time at school by participating in extracurricular activities as much as possible.
 
Shyy Wei also said that while he was a student at NTHU President Mei often stated that university education should emphasize democracy, freedom, and independency, and that while democracy and freedom are well-understood, true independency must be based on reason, logic, discussion, and thorough consideration.
 
Distinguished Alumni: Douglas Yu, Yen Powen, Rick Shen
 
This year's Outstanding Alumni Award was awarded to three outstanding alumni: Douglas Yu, who earned his bachelor degree in 1977 from the Department of Physics and his master degree in 1979 from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and won the Presidential Science Prize last year; Yen Powen who received his bachelor degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1980; and Rick Shen, who received his bachelor degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1992 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1998.
 
Currently the vice President of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Douglas Yu said that receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award from the illustrious NTHU is a great honor. He thanked his teachers at NTHU and said he hopes to work hard and make his alma mater proud of him.
 
Yen Powen, former CEO of the United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), said that he is highly honored to receive the Award. Yen currently serves as the CEO of the Tzu Chi Foundation, which was founded in Taiwan 52 years ago, and now has offices in 93 countries and regions around the world. He said that Tzu Chi’s charity work is a kind of citizen diplomacy which also brings out the best in people, and that he looks forward to using his new role to initiate increased cooperation between Tzu Chi and NTHU.
 
Rick Shen is the general manager of eMemory Technology. In his speech he said that the ten years he spent studying at NTHU had a profound impact on his life and career, and that he credits his achievements to all that he learned during that time, adding that he plans to continue striving for the benefit of his alma mater, associates, and loved ones.
 
The Meichu Trophy Returns to NTHU
 
This year is the 50th anniversary of the Meichu Tournament, and everyone has been talking about how the coveted Meichu Trophy has come back to NTHU after an eight-year hiatus. The contestants were on hand at the ceremony to present the Meichu Trophy to NTHU, along with the individual trophies won in six of this year's ten official competitions: table tennis, baseball, women's basketball, chess, bridge, and women's volleyball.
 
Also during this year’s celebration a number of outstanding student clubs were feted, including the Chorus, the NTHU Ambassadors, the Cheerleading Squad, and the Science Service Club. The Tsing Hua Cheerleading Squad, which has been in existence for nearly half a century, won first place in last year’s University Cheerleading Competition and was invited to perform at the National Day Celebration; the squad also put on a dazzling performance at this year’s Meichu Tournament. The members of the Science Service Club prepare teaching materials and conduct science education activities in rural secondary schools.
 

Numerous NTHU alumni attended the celebration.

Numerous NTHU alumni attended the celebration.


NTHU President Hocheng Hong delivering his speech.

NTHU President Hocheng Hong delivering his speech.


Distinguished alumnus Shyy Wei addressing the assembly.

Distinguished alumnus Shyy Wei addressing the assembly.


A performance by the NTHU Experimental Elementary School.

A performance by the NTHU Experimental Elementary School.


From left to right: Rick Shen, Yen Powen, Hocheng Hong, Yongfen Hsieh, and Douglas Yu.

From left to right: Rick Shen, Yen Powen, Hocheng Hong, Yongfen Hsieh, and Douglas Yu.


Members of the winning teams in this year’s Meichu Tournament presenting the Meichu Trophy to NTHU.

Members of the winning teams in this year’s Meichu Tournament presenting the Meichu Trophy to NTHU.

 

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