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Celebrating NTHU’s 104th Anniversary and 59 Years in Taiwan
We recently celebrated NTHU’s 104th anniversary, as well as the 59th anniversary of the university’s reestablishment in Taiwan. During the ceremony, held in the Auditorium and attended by over 1,000 people, President Hong Hocheng stated that NTHU goes all out to provide students with the best education. He also pointed out that during this challenging time of economic stagnation we need to persevere and work together to forge a brighter future.
 
This year’s anniversary was accompanied by a series of special events, including a footrace around the campus, an exhibition of the bird-worm seal script by a 105-year-old calligrapher Mr. Muh-he Chao, and a memorial concert for NTHU alumnus Chi-jen Chen, the former chairman of Giga Solar and Gigastorage. Among the distinguished guests were Minister Bau-tscheng Dung of the Ministry of Examination and Simona Halperin, Representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.
 
During his speech President Hocheng mentioned that NTHU has become one of the leading institutions of higher education not just in Taiwan but also internationally. He also pointed out that this is due to NTHU’s excellent faculty and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as its long-term commitment to academic excellence and the tradition to encourage lifelong learning.
 
During the ceremony, speeches were given by T. J. Tseng, President of the NTHU Alumni Association; Minister Dung, Simona Halperin, and Ovid Tseng, the chancellor of the University System of Taiwan.
 
In his speech T. J. Tseng, President of NTHU Alumni Association, praised the innovative ideas adopted under the leadership of President Hocheng. He also mentioned that in preparation for the celebration of NTHU’s 60 years in Taiwan, the Alumni Association is undertaking a fund-raising campaign to enhance NTHU’s educational resources.
 
Minister Dung mentioned that as a boy his mother had always hoped that he would one day attend NTHU, and even though he never did, he is proud to be the parent of a current NTHU student. He also encouraged NTHU students to make the most of their time cultivating the skills and character needed for success in today’s rapidly changing world.
 
In addition to a number of outstanding NTHU students and student organizations, honorable mentions made during the ceremony included alumni Eric Tsai, Wei Wang, Yi-Cheng Shih, and Sharon Liao. The ceremony came to a dramatic conclusion with a rousing rendition of the NTHU school song.
 
In conjunction with the main ceremony, a number of exciting events were also held on campus, including a lively fair, a cultural exhibition by NTHU’s international students, a Malaysian kick volleyball match, and a “bubble football” match.
 
The fair included a booth set up by the library where children made colorful bookplate rubbings, and a booth selling Malaysian handicrafts and explaining the cultural conservation work currently being carried out by NTHU’s Malaysia Volunteer Team.
 
President Hocheng and VIPs singing the NTHU school song

President Hocheng and VIPs singing the NTHU school song

President Hocheng

President Hocheng

Information and fundraising booth of the Malaysia Volunteer Team.

Information and fundraising booth of the Malaysia Volunteer Team.

Children making colorful bookplate rubbings at a booth set up by the NTHU library.

Children making colorful bookplate rubbings at a booth set up by the NTHU library.

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