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NTHU Celebrates 60 Years in Taiwan
On April 24 NTHU celebrated its 105th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan. The ceremony, fair, and related activities were well attended by faculty, students, and alumni as well as many social and educational elites from Taiwan and overseas. During the assembly President Hong Hocheng recalled that when NTHU was reestablished in Taiwan 60 years ago, it only provided instructional programs in science and engineering, and then gradually added programs in the humanities, social sciences, management responding to the needs of the changing Taiwanese society. President Hocheng also indicated that NTHU is now entering a new phase, dubbed “NTHU 3.0.” He emphasized that in responding to the challenges of globalization we need to keep in mind the school motto—self-discipline and social commitment—and continue to place people at the center of all our endeavors so that we will turn out graduates who are of noble character and at home in both the East and the West.
President Hocheng explained that the history of NTHU can be divided into three phases. The first 40 years can be considered as “NTHU 1.0.” During this phase Tsinghua College was established in Beijing to train talented students to serve as bridges between China and the West. During the second phase, “NTHU 2.0,” which began in the 1960s, the two Tsinghuas—one in Beijing and one in Taiwan—developed separately, first emphasizing science and engineering, and later adding departments in other fields as they expanded.
President Hocheng noted that since being reestablished in Taiwan six decades ago, NTHU has continually grown; over the years adding the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Life Science, and the College of Technology Management. He also stated that the recent decision to merge NTHU and the National Hsinchu University of Education will not only result in the addition of college of education and college of the arts, but will also provide students with a greater diversity of educational and research opportunities, thereby expanding students’ range of knowledge and interests, especially in the humanities and social sciences. Thus the cultivation of world-class leaders with a strong sense of social responsibility is one of the main goals of “NTHU 3.0.”
While various anniversary events had already been held since the beginning of the year, the main events took place on April 23 and 24. The annual footrace around the campus was held on the morning of April 23, with President Ma as the guest of honor. On the same day NTHU also presented a special exhibition of the bird and insect calligraphy by Mr. Chao Mu-he, who is 106 years old. The sales of Mr. Chao’s art works were donated to the university to fund the NTHU Rising Sun Scholarship. During the event Chao felicitated NTHU by taking up his brush and writing out the character shou, meaning “long life.”
A number of additional events where held in the morning of the 24th, including the anniversary ceremony and fair, and the grand openings of the new Innovation Incubation Center and the Low-carbon Energy Research Center. All these memorable events created a festive atmosphere as NTHU celebrates six decades of providing top-quality education in Taiwan.
One of the highlights of this year’s ceremony was the conferral of six “Distinguished Alumni Awards.” This year’s recipients were Nan-Chou (Joseph) Huang, President of E. Sun Financial Holding Company; Dr. Thompson (Chi-hsiang) Lin, the Founder, Chairman and C.E.O. of Applied Optoelectronics Inc.; Kin-Yuan ( K.Y. ) Lin, Chairman of the Microlife Co.; Wen-ying Huang, recipient of the Golden Horse Award and the C.E.O. of SinoMovie; Vigor Yang, the William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and Lu Cheng-li, Chairman of INSIGHT Consulting Inc..
 The NTHU Student Chorus leading the school song.

The NTHU Student Chorus leading the school song.

 President Hocheng delivering his speech during the anniversary ceremony.

President Hocheng delivering his speech during the anniversary ceremony.

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