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NTHU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Fan-Cheng Tseng
NTHU has recently awarded an honorary doctorate to Fan-Cheng Tseng, the vice chairman and co-founder of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of science and technology in Taiwan. TSMC officers on hand at the conferral ceremony included Chairman Morris Chang and two other chief executive officers, Che-Chia Wei and Mark Liu.
 
The Second Candidate Ever been Recommended for an Honorary Doctoral Jointly by Two Colleges:
 
NTHU President Hocheng Hong conferred the Honorary Degree recommended by the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Technology Management, along with a lifetime membership certificate from the Alumni Association. Tseng is the 38th person to receive an honorary doctorate from NTHU, and the second person in the history of the university to receive an honorary degree nominated by two colleges; the first was Eric Y.T. Chuo, chairman of the Hiwin Technologies Corporation.
 
During the conferral ceremony Tseng took the opportunity to express his gratitude to a number of people who have had a tremendous influence on his life. First of all, he thanked his father, who brought him from Guizhou to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War, thereby giving him the opportunity to study and develop in Taiwan. Next, he thanked all the government policy makers who had the foresight to promote the development of semiconductor industry in Taiwan in the 1970s and 1980s, especially Mr. Sun Yun-suan, Mr. Pan Wen-yuan, and Mr. Li Kwoh-ting. He also expressed his appreciation to Morris Chang, "whose trust and encouragement gave me the opportunity to bring my ideas to fruition during my time as the President of TSMC." Lastly, he acknowledge his wife, Chen Han for her dedication and support over the years, adding "My wife’s support has allowed me to concentrate on my work. For decades, she personally prepares a lunch box for me every day to nourish my body and soul." Tseng also said the motto of NTHU, “Self-discipline and social commitment,” exhorts us to steadily strive to reach our goals and that it reminds us that integrity and nobility stem from kindness and tolerance. He also said that he is honored to be a NTHU alumnus, and hopes that he will have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to NTHU.
 
President Hocheng: F. C. Tseng—a True Gentleman
 
In his conferral speech, President Hocheng praised Dr. Tseng as a model gentleman in the Confucian tradition, and that it was Dr. Tseng’s hard work and devotion during the difficult early days at TSMC that has made it one of the leading players in the semiconductor industry worldwide.
 
President Hocheng also lauded Tseng for his efforts in promoting arts and education, stating "It is hard to imagine how dull the science park would be without the effort and investment made by Dr. Tseng and the TSMC Foundation. He then noted that one line in the NTHU school song goes, “When there is breadth of mind, literature and art follow,” and that Dr. Tseng, whose avocations are history and poetry, is a fine example of this idea. He also invited Dr. Tseng to submit some of his poems for publication by the University Press.
 
Morris Chang: Dr. Tseng is My Best Comrade Over the Last Three Decades
 
In his speech, Morris Chang recalled the early days at TSMC and lauded Dr. Tseng as "my best comrade over the past 30 years." Chang said that TSMC started out really small, and that its steady growth and eventual success in both the domestic and foreign markets are mainly due to the outstanding team led by Tseng, adding that owing to Tseng’s expertise in hiring and management he has never had to worry about TSMC’s internal operations. Chang also said that amongst those who followed in Tseng’s footsteps, moving from the Industrial Technology Research Institute to TSMC, 20 are still at the company.
 
Dr. Tseng in Semi-Retirement: Mountaineering, Poetry, and Lunchboxes
 
During the ceremony, Professor Shih Chin-tay of NTHU’s College of Technology Management, presented Tseng with a piece of calligraphy he wrote himself, which translates as “Eight ascents of Huangshan’s Tiandu Peak, affording a view of the fragrant dogwood” Shih explained that Tseng has climbed Huangshan in mainland China eight times, and as a Tsinghua alumnus he is sure to have a chance to appreciate the lovely dogwood adorning the NTHU campus.
 
In a media interview after the ceremony Tseng said that now that he is semi-retired, he often goes hiking, and has already climbed 52 of Taiwan's highest peaks. Chen Han said that after nearly 50 years of being married to Tseng, she has come to admire him as a kind and honest man who works hard and always does his best. When asked about the lunchbox she personally prepares for her husband every day, Chen said with a smile, "How could I do anything less? After all, he’s such a handsome guy."
 

From left to right: Nen-Fu Huang (Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), President Hocheng Hong, F.C. Tseng, Chen Han, and Chuang Hwei-lin (Dean of the College of Technology Management).

From left to right: Nen-Fu Huang (Dean of the College of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), President Hocheng Hong, F.C. Tseng, Chen Han, and Chuang Hwei-lin (Dean of the College of Technology Management).


President Hocheng conferring on F.C. Tseng a lifetime membership certificate from the NTHU Alumni Association.

President Hocheng conferring on F.C. Tseng a lifetime membership certificate from the NTHU Alumni Association.

 
From left to right: Nen-Fu Huang, Hocheng Hong, F.C. Tseng (holding honorary doctorate diploma),and Chuang Hwei-lin.

From left to right: Nen-Fu Huang, Hocheng Hong, F.C. Tseng (holding honorary doctorate diploma),and Chuang Hwei-lin.


From left to right: Chuang Hwei-lin, Nen-Fu Huang, Morris Chang, Hocheng Hong, F.C. Tseng, Chen Han, Mark Liu, and C. C. Wei.

From left to right: Chuang Hwei-lin, Nen-Fu Huang, Morris Chang, Hocheng Hong, F.C. Tseng, Chen Han, Mark Liu, and C. C. Wei.


F.C. Tseng and his wife, Chen Han.

F.C. Tseng and his wife, Chen Han.


During the ceremony Tseng was presented with a piece of calligraphy written by Professor Shih Chin-tay.

During the ceremony Tseng was presented with a piece of calligraphy written by Professor Shih Chin-tay.

 

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