BANYAN  Research Express@NCKU
Volume 1 Issue 6 - September 28, 2007
Andy Y. G. Fuh
NCKU’s College of Science in the 21st Century: A Personal Vision
Article Digest
Yulin Lee
Translation and the Production of Local Literature
Andy Y.-G. Fuh
Highly Efficient and Polarization-Independent Fres-nel Lens Based on Dye-Doped Liquid Crystal
Yean-Kuen Fang
Significantly Enhancing 90 nm Node and Beyond FUSI Gated CMOSFET Performance with A New Strain Method
Chin-Shan Lu
An Evaluation of the Investment Environment in International Logistics Zones: A Taiwanese Manufacturer’s Perspective
News Release
NCKU Promotes Internationalization. The Number of Foreign Students Soars in One Year
Discerning Technology and Culture in Taiwan:NCKU New Courses for German Exchange Students
NCKU Releases the List of Winners of the Excellent Teacher Award. 40 Teachers Are Awarded
Editorial Group
NCKU’s College of Science in the 21st Century: A Personal Vision
Andy Y. G. Fuh


National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) roars into the 21st century. From its founding 75 years ago, it has since emerged from its humble genesis to become one of the major research universities in Asia Pacific.

While the university is still known globally for its powerful engineering programs, its rapidly growing strengths in medicine, management, social sciences, humanities and various sciences: from bioscience to mathematics, are also gaining visibility and momentum, regionally if not globally.

Couple this growth
  • with new and globally minded management team for the university,
  • with 100,000 professionally successful alumni dott ing the globe,
  • with being part of the so-called “5 year 50 Billion NTD” funding for higher education from the Ministry of Education,
  • with economic and intellectual equalization of north and south Taiwan via Taiwan High Speed Rail,
NCKU is literally at the verge of greatness. Scientific knowledge is an integral component of human culture and existence. Not only is scientific knowledge and methodology central to all scientists, but they are also important for all contributing citizens of a modern society/nation.

It is in this landscape, and as a new Dean, that I felt it was incumbent upon me to present to the community at large the logistics and mission of our College in the coming decade. Indeed, how to ensure that the College of Science is not only an integral part of NCKU´ s roadmap towards greatness, but also is one of its critical driving forces, is one of its most important challenges.

To this end, during the past month, I have spent considerable time discussing with colleagues throughout my college, and with colleagues in other Colleges where there are or could be strong collaborations. Of course, I have had also considerable dialogue with the new Administration team, led by Academician Michael Lai, the new President of NCKU.

I should stress that there are obvious issues which the College as a whole must pursue with vigor. Issues such as the possibility of developing a blueprint for a cross-disciplinary New Science Building and recruiting worldclass scientists to be part of the College must be initiated with the Administration of NCKU.
The following is a distillation of discussions as well as my personal aspiration for our College. It should be regarded as a “dynamical document,” which can be and is expected to be modified and expand as time goes on.

I am convinced that in NCKU’s quests for excellence, there are multitudes of areas where the College can either play a strong supportive role, or be the major champion.

A. Formation of a High-Profile and Effective Advisory Board of the College of Science

Scientific excellence is a global issue. Quality of science transcends national and cultural boundaries. To this end, it is important that a group of world-class scientists who will be invited to be Advisory Board members of the College. These individuals are distinguished scientists as well as rich in scientific management experiences.

Operationally, it is expected that all board members will serve a three year term. Although the board members will meet once a year for one or two days in NCKU, it is expected that on a monthly basis, the Office of the Dean of the College of Science will communicate with all members via email the succinct description of some of the most important issues and/or events that are taking place within the College, or within NCKU. In this way, members can have a seamless understanding about the College between meetings. Also, at the end of the annual meeting, the Board is expected to produce a “Whitepaper” where action items for the College will be outlined for the coming year.

The members are:
  • Academician Paul Barbara (Member of the United States National Academy of Sciences, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Academician Sunney I. Chan 陳長謙院士 (Institute of Chemistry of Academia Sinica),
  • Professor Laynam Chang 張禮南院長 (Dean of Science of Virginia Polytechnic Institute),
  • Academician Wen-Chang Chang 張文昌院士 (Dean of NCKU’s College of Bioscience and Biotechnology),
  • Academician Paul Ching-Wu Chu 朱經武院士 (President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and United States Presidential Medal of Science laureate, and distinguished alumnus of NCKU’s College of Science),
  • Ac ademi c i an Mo -Lin Ge 葛墨林院士 (Academy member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Deputy Director of Nankai University S. S. Chern Institute of Mathematics),
  • Professor J. Carlos Gomez-Larrañaga (Director of Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas, CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico),
  • Academician Robert L. Griess, Jr. (Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, Professor of Mathematics at The University of Michigan)
  • Academician Lou-Chuan Lee 李羅權院士 (President of National Central University),