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Mapping Out the Future of Education at NTHU
NTHU’s Development Advisory Committee met on December 4, 2017 and a number of leading scholars and experts were invited to offer suggestions and their vision on the future development of NTHU. After listening to the reports from each of NTHU’s ten colleges, the committee discussed such matters as enrollment, internationalization, administration, and the developments which have taken place in the first year of the merger of NTHU and the National Hsinchu University of Education. This year the committee adopted a new format whereby all the reports were presented to the entire Committee; reports from the five colleges in science and engineering were presented in the morning while the other five colleges in the humanities and social sciences presented theirs in the afternoon. Afterwards, the committee members and university administrators engaged in a lively brainstorming session which NTHU President Hocheng Hong found to be highly fruitful.
 
Cultivating Talent by Increasing Student Diversity
 
Academician George C. Tiao, who has an honorary doctorate from NTHU, said that he hopes to see more emphasis placed on teaching young people how to think and to nurture their desire to learn. In response, President Hocheng pointed out that Dr. Hu Shih once said, “As you sow, so shall you reap,” and indicated that by the same token student recruitment shapes the configuration of student population. He added that this is why, in addition to traditional admission channels, NTHU has been giving more emphasis to its special admissions program as a way of increasing student diversity and recruiting creative students who know how to think independently.
 
President Hocheng also said that students' learning motivation comes from studying a subject they really enjoy. Thus NTHU has set up a dual-major track for students with a high degree of initiative and motivation. Such flexible measures allow students to design their own program, so that those who are not yet sure about their future direction can acquire a core competence in two fields; providing them with more space to maneuver when it comes time to seek employment or further education. Prof. Chu Academia Sinica praised the University’s emphasis on teaching, as can be seen in the interdisciplinary curriculum offered by the Tsing Hua College, but also urged that more emphasis needs to be placed on students’ acquisition of basic abilities, adding that the Tsing Hua College might want to give outstanding students more academic flexibility. Prof. Chu also indicated that the earliest universities were not divided into departments and majors, and that these divisions were a later development, but such era was long gone. We are faced with rapidly changing society and if NTHU is to remain a top university, in the next 5 to 10 years it will have to have teachers who are sufficiently familiar with emerging areas of knowledge. Former President of Huafan University, Prof. Jue Jien-Ming, said that the environment of higher education in Taiwan is hampered by shrinking resources as well as an over emphasis on short-term goals, adding that a school’s long-term development largely depends on how well its president allocates these limited resources. Jue also said that today's teaching methods and classroom configuration are something passed down from the industrial age, and that it’s now necessary to adopt new learning and teaching models in accordance with the technological and social changes that we are facing.
 
Integrating Interdisciplinary Resources
 
Prof. Chu suggested that NTHU should expand its vision beyond Taiwan. He also noted that the recent merger of National Hsinchu University of Education with NTHU has provided a new opportunity conducive to innovation. Although the colleges education and the arts have been integrated, there is still room for improvement in the integration of the humanities and social sciences. He suggested that since NTHU already has an experimental primary school, the next logical step would be to make use of the resources of the College of Education and to establish an experimental high school which will contribute to the future development of Tsing Hua. Former Minister of Education Huang Jong-tsun suggested that, in view of the recent merger, the College of Education should consider making use of NTHU’s science education resources to promote the internationalization of primary and secondary schools in Taiwan, and that the College of Arts can make good use of NTHU’s excellent strength in science and technology to carry out internationalization and interdisciplinary cooperation in art, music, and design.
 
Former NTHU President Liu Chung-laung said that the goal of higher education is not simply to help students succeed in the job market, but to cultivate their talent so that they can make a lasting contribution to society. Liu continued that the orientation of higher education should be aimed at comprehensive education, basic education, and education which keeps pace with the times, and that these should not be merely slogans, adding that providing education that keeps up with the times means that teaching materials must be continuously updated. The most important thing is to encourage students to establish an international outlook through such means as curriculum development and providing opportunities for studying abroad and international exchanges.
 
Drawing up a Development Map Informed by Core Values
 
Liu Chao-shiuan, also a former president of NTHU and the convener of this year’s meeting, said that NTHU has a long tradition of academic excellence, and that in recent years it has been giving more attention to diversification and social service. Thus NTHU needs an innovative program that will have a major impact on Taiwanese society so that its academic status will not falter. Former President Frank Shu suggested that the executive in charge of administration should formulate a road map of school development and conduct annual reviews based on the suggestions put forward at the previous meeting of the committee.
 
Academia Sinica Academician Huang Pien-chien said that NTHU should set its direction first and then do its best according to its ability. He also asked why NTHU seems to give more importance to recruiting students from Southeast Asia than to keeping talented people in Taiwan, and asked if it’s worth all the resources invested when lots of these students can’t even speak Chinese. Huang also pointed out that in addition to recruiting famous academics from abroad, it’s also important to recruit up-and-coming young scholars.
 
Using Tsing Hua 3.0 Road Map to Respond to the Challenges
 
President Hocheng said that while the University has already been in Taiwan for 60 years, by international standards it’s still in its adolescent stage, as can be seen in its continual expansion, with a new college being added about every ten years. He also said that each addition requires a review of NTHU's positioning and educational focus. Quoting the Lantingji xu, President Hocheng said, “As we of the present look upon those of the past, so will our posterity look upon what we do presently,” and that it is very hard at present to foresee the future of NTHU. He also said that after reflecting on the past 60 years of constant change, the Tsing Hua 3.0 road map was adopted to facilitate the cultivation of people with cross-disciplinary expertise in science, technology, and the humanities, and to respond to the challenges posed by our society and the next generation.
 

NTHU’s School Development Advisory Committee met on December 4, 2017 and a number of leading scholars and experts were on hand to give suggestions.

NTHU’s School Development Advisory Committee met on December 4, 2017 and a number of leading scholars and experts were on hand to give suggestions.


NTHU President Hocheng Hong (standing) responded to the valuable suggestions provided by the Committee.

NTHU President Hocheng Hong (standing) responded to the valuable suggestions provided by the Committee.


Former President of Tsing Hua University Frank Shu presenting his view.

Former President of Tsing Hua University Frank Shu presenting his view.


A wide array of scholars and experts attended the meeting and provided suggestions.

A wide array of scholars and experts attended the meeting and provided suggestions.


Former NTHU President Liu Chung-laung said that the goal of higher education is to cultivate talent so that graduates can make a lasting contribution to society.

Former NTHU President Liu Chung-laung said that the goal of higher education is to cultivate talent so that graduates can make a lasting contribution to society.


Professor Lai Chih-huang (left), Dean of the College of Engineering addressing the Committee.

Professor Lai Chih-huang (left), Dean of the College of Engineering addressing the Committee.

 

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