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NTHU Celebrates Anniversary with New Rendition of School Anthem
On April 23 NTHU celebrated its 106th founding anniversary and the 61st anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan. This was the first anniversary celebration since National Hsinchu University of Education (NHCUE) was merged with NTHU. The celebration featured students from the Department of Music singing the new rendition of school anthem, as well as the unveiling of the new Outstanding Alumni Trophy, symbolizing the beginning of a new era for NTHU.
 
During the assembly President Hocheng Hong stated that the 61st anniversary of the school’s reestablishment in Taiwan also marks the beginning of a new 60-year cycle. He noted that this was the first time the celebration has been held since NHCUE merged with NTHU last year, a milestone marking the beginning of a new era for NTHU. Finally, he took the opportunity to encourage the entire NTHU community to continue to strive forwards into this new era with unshakable diligence, so as to make NTHU an international paragon of excellence.
 
In addition to informing the students, faculty, and alumni in attendance about a wide variety of accomplishments over the past year, President Hocheng also outlined the school’s future development. He said that since its completion last year, the new building of the Innovation Incubation Center has already become a focus of dynamic enterprise in northern Taiwan. He added that the completion later this year of the nearby NTHU Laboratory will greatly strengthen our capacity to carry out interdisciplinary research. He added that a number of new buildings are planned for the South Campus, including the College of the Arts, the College of Education, and a student dormitory.
 
President Hocheng pointed out that NTHU has a long history of innovation and that its outstanding alumni can now be found around the globe. He also emphasized NTHU’s commitment to benefitting all segments of society, is clearly demonstrated by its wide variety of student recruitment programs. In closing, he stressed that the central mission of NTHU is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attitude that will make them first-rate professionals in the diverse and globalizing world of the future.
 
NTHU’s original school anthem was composed around 1923. The lyrics were written by NTHU professor Wang Luanxiang, the music was added by Chang Lizhen, the wife of the director of English Archives, and a choral arrangement was later made by the famous linguist and composer Chao Yuan Ren . For nearly a century this anthem has been sung at NTHU’s anniversary celebrations in a variety of styles. For instance, one year members of the NTHU Student Chorus suddenly appeared throughout the hall and led the audience in a rousing rendition of the school anthem, and in another time a memorable acapella version was performed by the Seagull-K Vocal Band. This year’s rendition was sung by a group of 14 students from the Department of Music directed by Su Fanling, dean of the College of the Arts. The solemn four-part arrangement consisting of soprano, alto, tenor, and bass began with a vigorous yet tender tone, giving ample expression to the august and stately atmosphere of the event, and concluded with a soaring harmony that perfectly conveyed the optimistic and pioneering spirit of NTHU.
 
The chorus was accompanied by a ten-member wind ensemble, including flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and trumpet. The performance was artfully arranged by Su to accentuate the unique timbre of each instrument and to create a majestic and elegant ambience.
 
Hsiao Ming Tun, director of the Department Arts and Design, modeled the new Outstanding Alumni Trophy on the Pillar of Learning sculpture at the campus main gate. Embossed with the Chinese characters Tsinghua zhi guang (the glory of NTHU), the trophy is a symbolic manifestation of the vitality and excellence of NTHU that has produced so many outstanding alumni.
 
This year the Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Academia Sinica Academician Cheng Ching-shui of the class of 1972, and to Jerry Liao of the class of 1979, chairman of the Great Eastern Resins Industrial Company (GRECO).
 
After graduating from the Department of Mathematics, Academician Cheng went to the US and earned a doctorate in mathematics at Cornell University. In recognition of his diligence and leadership, he was twice appointed director of the Institute of Statistical Science at Academia Sinica, and has been instrumental in its development into a world class institute.
 
In his acceptance speech Dr. Cheng said that he was grateful for the guidance he received from all his teachers at NTHU, especially Yang Juemin of the Institute of Nuclear Engineering and Science, Li Yiyan of the Physics Department, and Hsu Daoning of the Department of Mathematics. When he met Hsu at the assembly he made it a point to give him a deep bow. Cheng also mentioned that during his time as an undergraduate at NTHU it was a seminar led by Professor Huang Guangming that steered him onto the path of academic research.
 
Jerry Liao has been leading GRECO for nearly three decades, under his leadership the company developed top-notch adhesives which have been used by both Adidas and Nike. In connection with GRECO’s partnership with the DuPont company in the US, Liao once toured a DuPont factory which had over 800 employees and an impeccable safety record over a 25-year period. Impressed, Liao studied the plant’s safety management system and implemented it at GRECO.
 
With a strong concern for public welfare, Liao has made significant contributions in assisting underprivileged children and encouraging students to study chemistry.
 
In his acceptance speech, Liao said that although he majored in Chemistry, he was also an avid athlete, and joined the NTHU baseball team, basketball team, and track and field team. He laughingly mentioned that on returning to NTHU to receive the award, more teachers in the Physical Education Office remembered him than did the teachers in the Department of Chemistry. He said that during his time at NTHU he gained not only valuable professional knowledge, but also a healthy physique. After completing a master’s degree in the US, he returned to Taiwan to take over the family business, which he soon transformed into a high-tech enterprise. Liao expressed his gratitude for the excellent education he received at NTHU, and reaffirmed his commitment to supporting his alma mater.
 
During the assembly Alumni Association President Hsieh Yongfen affirmed that last year’s merger with NHCUE was carried out with a high degree of administrative finesse. She also congratulated President Hocheng on his reappointment, and encouraged all alumni to continue supporting the development of NTHU.
 
Students of the Department of Music performing NTHU’s new school anthem.

Students of the Department of Music performing NTHU’s new school anthem.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong delivering his speech during the anniversary ceremony.

NTHU president Hocheng Hong delivering his speech during the anniversary ceremony.

VIPs at the assembly (right to left): Jerry Liao, Cheng Ching-shui, Xie Yongfen, NTHU president Hocheng Hong, Wang Keyan, Xinzhu deputy mayor Shen Huihong, and He Mingguo, president of Tatung University.

VIPs at the assembly (right to left): Jerry Liao, Cheng Ching-shui, Xie Yongfen, NTHU president Hocheng Hong, Wang Keyan, Xinzhu deputy mayor Shen Huihong, and He Mingguo, president of Tatung University.

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